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The future of US astronomy just dimmed by half

March 7th, 2024

If you want to push the frontiers of science, you don’t just need brilliant minds with first-rate educations, you also need cutting-edge facilities to support them.


TMT International Observatory Produces its 100th Polished Mirror

March 5th, 2024

Today, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory (TIO) announces the completion of its 100th mirror segment. Ultimately, TIO will mosaic 492 of these segments to form an extremely...


Fund two extremely large U.S. telescopes

February 20th, 2024

The partners of the US-Extremely Large Telescope Program wrote a letter in Science magazine advocating for U.S. government funding for both U.S. extremely large telescopes.


Insights from the MODHIS Midterm Conceptual Design Review

February 14th, 2024

The Multi-Objective Diffraction-limited High-resolution Infrared Spectrograph (MODHIS) team recently conducted a midterm conceptual design review at the TMT Project Office in Pasadena on 30 January...


TMT Hosts Science Workshop for Early Career Astronomers and Engineers from Japan

October 11th, 2023

A science workshop called TMT eArly Career Centered, Engineers-Scientists Synergy (TMT–ACCESS) was held at TMT headquarters in Pasadena from 11 to 15 September. About 30 early career astronomers...


US Extremely Large Telescope Program Receives $15.3 Million from the National Science Foundation

October 2nd, 2023

The United States Extremely Large Telescope Program (US-ELTP) today announced it has received $15.3 million from the National Science Foundation to support further design and development of...


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.