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Science with TMT


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.


TMT Scientific Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting of the New Decade in Pasadena

February 21st, 2020

TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) members and project office staff recently met at the Project Office in Pasadena.


TMT Science Forum 2019 in Xiamen, China

November 15th, 2019

Xiamen, China – 12 November, 2019 – The seventh Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Science Forum was held for the first time in China, in the city of Xiamen, Province of Fujian, earlier this month.


TMT Executive Director Dr. Edward Stone Receives 2019 Shaw Prize in Astronomy

October 2nd, 2019

TMT International Observatory Executive Director, Dr. Edward C. Stone, has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his leadership on the Voyager project.


News about TMT in Hawaii

August 22nd, 2019

Letter to the editor that Ed Stone, TMT Executive Director; Christophe Dumas, Observatory Scientist; and Gordon Squires, Vice President External Relations wrote recently in the Honolulu Star...


TMT Scientific Advisory Committee Meets in Pasadena

July 26th, 2019

Pasadena, CA – July 10, 2019 – TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) members and project office scientists recently met in Pasadena. The meeting kicked off with a project update by TMT Project...


TMT Means Progress For Hawaii’s Future

July 18th, 2019

Growing up in Hilo I attended Ellison Onizuka Science Day practically every year, collecting “space swag” from the exhibits and classroom discussions. With my eye on the sky, I vowed to pursue a...


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...


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...


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,...


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 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...


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...


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...

End-to-end Observing Workflow

The End-to-end Observation Workflow


End-to-end Observation Workflow

End-to-end workflow for TMT main observing modes—the observation workflow. Aspects such as proposal preparation and submission, and observation preparation are the responsibility of the users and the observatory will provide all the necessary tools to carry out those tasks.