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Giant Magellan Telescope Organization and University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory Partner to Inspire the Next Generation of Astronomers

Launches New Teacher Workshop with Teachers across the U.S. Fort Davis, Texas (June 24, 2014) –The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) Organization is partnering with The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory to present a new teacher workshop curriculum that will educate teachers about how the GMT, the world’s largest telescope, will dramatically advance the MORE...

Third Mirror Casting Event for the Giant Magellan Telescope

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, the third mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be cast inside a rotating furnace at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, the only facility in the world where mirrors of this size are being made. MORE...

World’s Most Advanced Mirror for Giant Telescope Completed

Scientists at the University of Arizona and in California have completed the most challenging large astronomical mirror ever made. The mirror will be part of the 25-meter Giant Magellan Telescope, which will explore planets around other stars and the formation of stars, galaxies and black holes in the early universe. MORE...

The GMT and the NSF Funding Opportunity: An Explanation for our Astronomical Colleagues

As many of you know, the NSF Astronomy Division recently created an opportunity for funding entitled “Planning a Partnership Model for a Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope” that offered the possibility of one award of $250,000 per year for 5 years to “refine the roles of NSF and the community in project development, engage in planning science and engineering operations, prepare for potential future Federal funding opportunities after the start of the next decade.” MORE...