Thirty Meter Telescope

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Canada Becomes a Full Member of the Thirty Meter Telescope Project


The TMT project is working toward building a powerful, next-generation astronomical observatory at Maunakea in Hawaii, slated to see ‘first light’ in the 2020s, and the success of the project is reliant upon the continued collaborative efforts from scientific leaders and donors from those other major nations. more »

Why We Are Building It: New Science Case for the Thirty Meter Telescope Highlights Major Areas of Discovery


A new document describing the transformational science the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable has been released. TMT is a powerful, next-generation astronomical observatory that will begin scanning the skies in the 2020s. more »

TMT Background - Get the Facts


TMT has launched an informational microsite. The website provides additional background on the project, gives answers to the most frequently asked questions, and provides a listing of some balanced news stories. The site can be accessed at: more »

Canada Funding for TMT Announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper


Earlier this week Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Government of Canada’s intention to provide significant support for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), an international project that will build one of the world’s largest and most advanced astronomical observatories in Hawaii. more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Update and Background


[Source - University of Hawaii News]: The construction phase beginning on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project on Maunakea on Hawaii Island has prompted protests and media coverage. The telescope is being built in the 525-acre Astronomy Precinct, which is the only area astronomy development can take place. It is part of the 11,288-acre Maunakea Science Reserve that University of Hawaii (UH) has leased from the Department of Land and Natural Resources since 1968. more »

Canada Commits Share of Funds for Thirty Meter Telescope
CBC News


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces Canada will provide up to $243.5 million over 10 years for TMT. more »