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The Great American Eclipse

By Patrick McCarthy, Director, Giant Magellan Telescope I’ve been waiting for August 21, 2017 since I was 10 years old. I received my first telescope as a birthday present and along with it, came a small book that described major astronomical phenomenon and the dates in which they would occur. With that book, I knew MORE...

What it Takes to Build the World’s Largest Telescope

by Dr. Robert N. Shelton, President, GMTO Corporation The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project is a billion-dollar endeavor to create the world’s largest telescope, with first light expected in 2023. Being constructed at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, this 25 meter diameter telescope will have a unique seven mirror design. Each of the flawless 8.4 MORE...

Robert N. Shelton’s first month at GMTO

Since joining the Giant Magellan Telescope project as President a month ago I’ve become even more impressed by the project than I was before. My initial four weeks at GMTO involved extensive conversations, meetings and opportunities to learn from our Board of Directors, an external review council, and tens of talented members of the GMTO MORE...

A Year in Review: 2016 Astronomy Highlights

In a year that saw the observation of gravitational waves, a cosmic distance record and the discovery of Proxima b, among other milestones, the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) takes a moment to reflect on a few of the astronomy highlights from 2016. February – Observing Gravitational Waves For the first time, scientists observed ripples MORE...

The City of Pasadena Celebrates First Astronomy Week

Pasadena, CA – Known as the City of Astronomy and home to the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) and several other world-renowned science institutions, the city of Pasadena celebrated its first Astronomy Week from October 16-22. The week-long series of events honored Pasadena as a global leader in space exploration and astronomy, and was the MORE...

Dr. Wendy Freedman honored

On Wednesday, February 23, GMTO honored Dr. Wendy Freedman for her leadership and service to the GMT Project as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2003-2015. MORE...

Nearly a Century Later, Edwin Hubble’s Legacy Lives On

SPACE.COM Expert Voices Op Ed + Insights Patrick McCarthy, director, Giant Magellan Telescope Organization   |   June 17, 2014 n the fall of 1917, after a decade of labor, the 100-inch (2.5-meter) telescope at Mount Wilson in Southern California was dedicated. Edwin Hubble would spend many cold nights at the Newtonian focus of the instrument, which MORE...