Thirty Meter Telescope

Astronomy's next generation observatory.

Recent News

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 »

TMT Exhibits a Next-Generation Telescope Mirror Assembly in Canada

06.9.2014

[CASCA - Quebec City, Canada] The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project will unveil a polished mirror assembly - a key piece of astronomy's next-generation telescope - at the 2014 annual meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA). more »

TMT in the Astronomical Landscape of the 2020s

05.6.2014

TMT and NOAO will host the second TMT Science Forum at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona on July 17-19, 2014. more »

Hawaii Third Circuit Court Upholds TMT Conservation District Use Permit

04.4.2014

Judge Greg Nakamura of the Third Circuit Court of Hawaii ruled in favor of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Wednesday, upholding an approval by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) of a Conservation District Use Permit for TMT. This moves the $1.3 billion project another step closer to starting construction in the summer of 2014. more »

University Approves Lease for Largest Telescope
West Hawaii Today

02.21.2014

The University of Hawaii on Thursday approved a plan to sublease land at the summit of Mauna Kea for construction of the world’s largest optical telescope. The Board of Regents voted 15 to 1 to approve subleasing the land atop the Big Island volcano for the Thirty Meter Telescope. The university leases summit land, which hosts about a dozen telescopes in total, from the state. more »