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Mountaintop Blasted To Make Room For European Extra Large Telescope
2014-06-21 08:41:46

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It could be considered a form astronomical irony. A new telescope, the European Extra Large Telescope, or E-ELT, will be large enough to look all the way back to the beginnings of our universe, perhaps all the way to the famed Big Bang. And, to clear off a plot of land big enough to house the E-ELT in the southern hemisphere, the entire top of a mountain in Chile's Atacama Mountain range was removed with, well, a big bang. [ Watch...

2013-06-04 12:38:48

In an important milestone for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, Japan, one of the project's five international partners, has indicated its strong national backing for the next-generation astronomical observatory. On Wednesday, May 15, the Japanese parliament, known as the Diet, passed a fiscal year 2013 budget that includes key funding provisions 1244 million yen (approximately $12.2 million U.S.) for TMT, which contains TMT preparatory budget and a portion of Japan's TMT...

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2013-04-15 04:57:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A plan to build the world´s largest telescope moved one step closer to becoming a reality on Friday, as the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) approved a plan to build the record-breaking instrument at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano. According to Audrey McAvoy of the Associated Press (AP), the ruling allows the US and Canadian universities behind the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project to begin negotiating a...

Partnership-Planning Grant Awarded By NSF To Thirty Meter Telescope
2013-03-18 15:03:31

Thirty Meter Telescope Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a cooperative agreement to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Observatory Corporation to explore a potential partnership between the organizations. The award is a milestone for the TMT project, initiating a broad dialog between TMT, the NSF and the United States' astronomical community. The partnership-planning award also paves the way for the NSF to confer with TMT's international partners. "The NSF award is a...

Gemini Observatory Has New Instrument To Study Universe With Such Clarity, Detail
2013-01-10 12:45:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at the Gemini Observatory in Chile are touting a new instrument that they claim will allow astronomers to “study the universe with an unprecedented level of clarity and detail.” The system is called GeMS, and it is an advanced adaptive optics system that has been installed on the Gemini South telescope. According to a statement released by representatives of the facility on Wednesday, it is the first...

China And India To Help Build Thirty Meter Telescope In Hawaii
2012-01-13 11:49:32

China and India are moving forward to join as partners to help build the world's largest telescope in Hawaii. The two countries plan to share the cost of the construction for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano. "This will represent a quantum leap for the Chinese community," Shude Mao, professor of astrophysics at National Astronomical Observatories of China, told The Associated Press (AP). The telescope's mirror will be nearly 100 feet long, giving...

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2011-02-28 07:45:00

The Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. of Pasadena, Calif., wants to build one of the largest, most advanced telescopes in the world near the summit of Mauna Kea. The Hawaii State Board of Land and Natural Resources unanimously approved a permit to build the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on conservation land joining 13 other telescopes already in operation on the mountain. University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, she was "very pleased" that the...

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2009-08-29 09:45:14

Chinese and American astronomers may be joining together in a collaborative effort to build the world's largest telescope in hope of gaining a greater understanding about the beginnings of the universe, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. It has been named the Thirty-Meter-Telescope (TMT), a project originating from and headed by the University of California and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). They expect to have it finished sometime in 2019, according to the official...

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2009-07-22 14:10:00

A consortium of U.S. and Canadian universities on Tuesday announced it has decided to build the world's largest telescope in Hawaii. The telescope, costing $1.2 billion, should allow scientists to see some 13 billion light years away. This is a distance so great, and so far back in time, that researchers should be able to watch the first stars and galaxies as they form. Its mirror will stretch almost 100-feet in diameter (30-meters), which is about three times the diameter of the current...

2008-02-06 00:00:00

By Seth Borenstein WASHINGTON -- A telescope arms race is taking shape around the world. Astronomers are drawing up plans for the biggest, most powerful instruments ever built, capable of peering far deeper into the universe, and further back in time, than ever before. The building boom, which is expected to play out over the next decade and cost billions of dollars, is being driven by technological advances that afford unprecedented clarity and magnification. In fact, the supersized...


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