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TMT-China Annual Assembly and TMT-HROS Workshop

January 16th, 2019

Beijing, China – On 19-21 December 2018, Thirty Meter Telescope China (TMT-China) Team held its science and technology annual assembly and TMT High Resolution Optical Spectrograph Instrument (HROS)...


La Palma puede ser la casa del telescopio más grande del mundo

December 19th, 2018

El País is the most read newspaper in Spain. This video depicts Christophe Dumas, TMT Head of Science Operations, and Rafael Rebolo, director of the Institute of Astrophysics of Canarias (IAC)...


TMT's Scientific Advisory Committee Selects Design for its Second First-Light Workhorse Instrument

November 12th, 2018

The TMT International Observatory Board of Directors recently endorsed the recommendations made by the Science Advisory Committee (SAC), to select a slit-mask-based imaging spectrograph design for...


TMT Adaptive Secondary Mirror Passes Conceptual Design

October 18th, 2018

Pasadena, CA - Sept. 25, 2018 – The TMT Project Office recently held a conceptual design review to evaluate the design study for the TMT’s Adaptive Secondary Mirror (AM2) system.


W. M. Keck Observatory Awarded NSF Grant To Develop Next-Generation Adaptive Optics System

October 4th, 2018

“This revolutionary system will significantly expand Keck Observatory’s scientific reach,” said Co-Principal Investigator Andrea Ghez, director of the UCLA Galactic Center Group. “KAPA will also...


Thirty Minute Talking Science: Friday 28th September, 11.30am (PDT) - Dimitri Mawet

September 24th, 2018

Announcing the next talk of the TMTS series (Thirty Minutes for Talking Science) Dr. Dimitri Mawet, Caltech/JPL Characterizing Exoplanets with High Dispersion Coronagraphy on TMT Friday 28th...


The TMT Primary Mirror System Successfully Passes Final Design Review

September 10th, 2018

PASADENA (July 26-27, 2018)– The Thirty Meter Telescope Optics Group recently achieved a critical milestone by passing its Primary Mirror Optics System (M1S) final design review. The review board,...


Invitation to Participate in Development of Exemplar Key Science Programs For GMT and TMT

July 9th, 2018

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and its collaborative partners, the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory (TIO) and the Giant...


U.S. national observatory and two extremely large telescope projects team up to enhance U.S. scientific leadership in astronomy and astrophysics

May 21st, 2018

A new research frontier in astronomy and astrophysics will open in the mid-2020s with the advent of ground-based extremely large optical-infrared telescopes (ELTs) with primary mirrors in the 20-m...


TMT International Observatory Science Advisory Committee (SAC) Meets in Pasadena

April 18th, 2018

Members of the TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) met in Pasadena on April 9&10, 2018 for their quarterly gathering. SAC representatives reported on their respective activities for the TMT...


TMT’s first-light instrument enters final design phase

November 13th, 2017

Following a successful second IRIS Preliminary Design Phase Review (PDR-2) at the TMT Project Office in Pasadena, IRIS is proceeding into its Final Design phase. The focus of the second review,...


TMT to work with Coherent Inc. to polish primary mirror

November 7th, 2017

Marking a major production milestone, TMT has entered into a contract with Coherent Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-based technology for scientific, commercial and...


TMT holds a partnership meeting with China to discuss first light instrument

October 26th, 2017

Representatives from the Thirty Meter Telescope’s (TMT’s) Wide-Field Optical Spectrograph (WFOS) team and TMT’s China partners gathered on October 16 in Beijing, China to discuss potential...


Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources Approves Conservation District Use Permit to Build TMT on Maunakea

September 29th, 2017

The State of Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) deliberated and decided to approve a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) that would allow construction of the Thirty Meter...


Call for TMT Instrumentation White Papers

September 26th, 2017

The Thirty Meter Telescope Project, in concert with its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), announces a call for white papers proposing design studies for new instruments, adaptive optics systems,...


First TMT Mirror Segment Installed for Testing

September 14th, 2017

On September 7, 2017, a TMT Primary Segment Assembly (PSA), fitted with an aluminum mirror segment, was successfully installed into the Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility at the TMT...