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The TMT Project—Utilizing Canon's World-leading Optics Technologies


The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project focuses on the design and construction of a giant 30-meter aperture optical telescope near the top of Maunakea on the island of Hawaii, with operations set to begin in 2022. Canon is contributing to this massive project to unlock the mysteries of the cosmos with its cutting-edge optics technologies. more »

Mitsubishi Electric Develops Robot to Manage 492 Segment Mirrors of Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea
Mitsubishi Electric


Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has completed a prototype robot for its segment-handling system (SHS) designed to replace the 492 segment mirrors comprising the 30-meter primary mirror of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT®) that is planned to be built on Mauna Kea in the U.S. state of Hawaii. more »

Video: Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit in Hilo
Big Island Video News


The third annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit is taking place in Hilo this week. Thirty-one students and teachers representing each of the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory partner countries are gathering at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center for an intensive five-day forum on astronomy and engineering. The United States is represented by eight students and three teachers from St. Joseph School, Kealakehe High School, and Kamehameha Schools-Hawai?i. An additional 15 high school students and five teachers from Canada, China, India and Japan are also participating. 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 »

Hawaii's Astronomy Sector Brought an Economic Impact of $168 million in 2012
Pacific Business News


Hawaii's astronomy sector generated a statewide economic impact of $168 million in 2012, and the Big Island was the major beneficiary, researchers at the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization have discovered. Using the latest available numbers, UHERO reported $88 million in astronomy-related expenditures in 2012, with $58 million of the spending and $92 million of the economic impact on the Big Island, where most of the state's telescopes are located. more »

University Approves Lease for Largest Telescope
West Hawaii Today


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 »

Report backs TMT Project
Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The Thirty Meter Telescope, in limbo for more than a year, moved a huge step closer to approval with the release Friday of a long-awaited hearing officer's report in support of the University of Hawaii's request to build the giant observatory. more »

Volcanic eruptions on Jupiter's 'pizza moon' Io seen from Earth


A team of astronomers have proved it's possible to see volcanic eruptions on Io — a moon of Jupiter — from our perch on Earth hundreds of millions of miles away. The team used three large telescopes (8 to 10 meters in diameter) to watch over Io during the past 8 years: W.M. Keck II and Gemini North at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and Chile's Very Large Telescope No. 4.  Franck Marchis, lead investigator of the study, estimates there are 7 telescopes in the world that can do the same kind of searches today, but there are more telescopes under construction that will make the technology even better. When TMT is ready in 2021, the images it will produce will be just 22 miles in resolution, Marchis said. more »

Searching for the First Stars
Kavli Foundation


How did the first stars and galaxies bring the young universe out of its dark ages and into the light?  The Kavli Foundation spoke with three prominent researchers about the hunt for the first stars and galaxies, and how direct and indirect observations are helping them get closer. The participants included Caltech astronomy professor and TMT Board member Richard Ellis, joined by astronomers George Becker and Avi Loeb.. more »

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts - TMT Board Chair Henry Yang Appointed as Member, President's Committee on the National Medal of Science
Chicago Sun-Times


President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint TMT Board Chair Henry Yang to the Administration post: Member, President's Committee on the National Medal of Science. Dr. Yang joins several other appointees to key Administration posts. President Obama said, "These fine public servants bring both a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come." Dr. Yang is currently the chair of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a member of the Kavli Foundation board, and Chair of the Thirty Meter Telescope project. more »