Near the center of Pasadena, California, a team of scientists, engineers, and project specialists is busily planning and designing what eventually will become the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth. When completed later this decade, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable astronomers to study objects in our own solar system and stars throughout our Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies, and forming galaxies at the very edge of the observable Universe, near the beginning of time.
A 30-meter telescope, operating in wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet to the mid-infrared, is an essential tool to address questions in astronomy ranging from understanding star and planet formation to unraveling the history of galaxies and the development of large-scale structure in the universe.
- Thirty Meter Telescope Overview (unastronomy.com)
- Three-telescope interferometry allows astrophysicists to observe how black holes are fueled (phys.org)
- The long reach of the Centaur’s dark heart (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- Weird Galaxy Glows Bright in Amazing Telescope Photo (space.com)
- James Webb Space Telescope gets its first instrument (earthsky.org)