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New Project Director for NOIRLab US-ELT Program Appointed

February 3rd, 2023

We are pleased to share NOIRLab announcement, and welcome Lucas Macri as the new Project Director of the US Extremely Large Telescope Program, a joint initiative of NOIRLab, TIO and GMTO.


Call for TMT International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) Applications

January 27th, 2023

TMT is currently accepting applications for its International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) until March 1, 2023.


MODHIS Completes First Phase of Conceptual Design Review

October 19th, 2022

TMT’s Multi-Objective Diffraction-limited High-resolution Infrared Spectrograph (MODHIS), a first-light instrument, has successfully completed the first phase of its conceptual design. MODHIS will...


Astrophysicist Bruce Macintosh appointed director of UC Observatories

August 16th, 2022

TMT congratulates Professor Bruce Macintosh on his new appointment as Director of UC Observatories and welcomes him as new TMT Science Advisory Committee member. Macintosh's scientific...


The Closeby Habitable Exoplanet Survey (CHES) Could Detect Exoplanets Within a few Dozen Light-Years of Earth Using Astrometry

May 25th, 2022

“In addition, CHES can conduct joint measurements with high-precision radial-velocity instruments such as the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) and Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). [It can also] verify...


TMT’s Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer Instrument Passes Conceptual Design Review

April 7th, 2022

TMT’s Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer (WFOS), one of its three first-light instruments, successfully completed its Conceptual Design Review in February 2022. This review completed the conceptual...


Shelley Wright to Receive SETI Institute’s 2022 Drake Award

April 1st, 2022

“It’s such a pleasure to be able to recognize Dr Wright’s impressive research accomplishments with the Drake Award,” said Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, Chair of the SETI Institute’s Science Advisory...


Shelley Wright named 2022 SETI Institute Drake Award Recipient

March 30th, 2022

Shelley Wright is Associate Professor at the Physics Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences, UC San Diego. She is currently Project Scientist of IRIS and has been engaged in developing TMT...


Precise Insights into the Supermassive Black Hole in the Milky Way’s Heart

December 14th, 2021

Astronomers use Gemini Observatory and an international telescope collaboration to shed light on Sagittarius A*. ... Measuring the minute variations in the orbits of distant stars around our...


US Extremely Large Telescope Program Supports Vision of Decadal Survey

November 5th, 2021

The decadal survey for astronomy and astrophysics is a powerful study that our community uses to drive strategy and vision for the next decade of federally funded transformative science. The 2020...


Astro2020 Decadal Survey Released

November 4th, 2021

Today, the National Academies released the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2020) with its recommendations for implementing a strategy and vision for the coming decade of U.S....


TMT successfully passes a formal milestone review for the planning of its future operations

October 1st, 2021

TMT recently achieved a major project milestone, with a review Board, mainly composed of external reviewers, concluding that its plans for Observatory Operations, Commissioning and Data-Management...


Update from TMT Science Advisory Committee

April 23rd, 2021

TMT’s Science Advisory Committee (SAC), which has been meeting bi-monthly since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, recently met to address the project status, its scientific potential and suitable...


Latest Update from TMT

August 11th, 2020

An important project for the global astronomy community, TMT is working collaboratively with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) National...


Scientists Attend First TMT-GMT Joint Science Advisory Committee Meeting

April 28th, 2020

Scientists recently attended the first joint TMT-GMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held virtually to ensure the safety of all its members....


Congratulations to Professor Andrea Ghez and the Astronomy Community!

October 9th, 2020

Many Congratulations to Andrea Ghez on the award of the Physics 2020 Nobel Prize for her work on the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.