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On-Site Construction Begins on the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii; Watch Worldwide by Webcast

10.2.2014

On October 7, 2014, a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will launch a multi-national $1.4 billion project near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. more »

India's Participation in TMT Approved by the Union Cabinet

09.24.2014

[Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India] - The Union Cabinet of India chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for India's participation in the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) Project at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA at a total cost of Rs. 1299.8 crores from 2014-23. more »

Thirty Meter Telescope US Community Survey

09.16.2014

The US TMT Science Working Group (SWG) would like your input on how you would use TMT for your scientific research. The SWG represents the US-at-large astronomical community in the TMT project, and is helping to develop a plan for possible future NSF participation in TMT. Please fill out this short survey by Monday, 6 October 2014. more »

A Chemical Signature of First-Generation Very-Massive Stars

08.26.2014

[Adapted from an announcement from NAOJ] -  A team of astronomers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the Konan University and the University of Hyogo in Japan, the University of Notre Dame, and New Mexico State University has used the 8.2 m Subaru Telescope to discover a distant low-mass star, dubbed SDSS J0018-0939. This special star exhibits the peculiar chemical abundance ratios associated with the process of creating new atomic nuclei (nucleosynthesis) in a... more »

Next-Generation Thirty Meter Telescope Begins Construction in Hawaii

07.28.2014

Following the approval of a sublease on July 25 by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) announces the beginning of the construction phase on Hawaii Island and around the world throughout the TMT international partnership. Contingent on that decision, the TMT International Observatory (TIO) Board of Directors, the project's new governing body, recently approved the initial phase of construction, with activities near the summit of Mauna Kea scheduled to... more »

Coming Together at the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit

07.19.2014

[PAES/Imiloa, Hilo, HI] The second annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit (PAES), sponsored by the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and hosted by the Imiloa Astronomy Center, will gather high school students and educators from the TMT partner countries: Japan, China, India, Canada and the United States (Hawaii Island). more »