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GMT’s First Giant Mirror Segment Starts Journey South

The first of seven 27-foot mirrors that together assemble into the world’s largest telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope, has left the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona, making space for the production of the remaining mirror segments. At 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 20 the hangar-like doors of the Mirror Lab, located MORE...

São Paulo, Brazil to Join Giant Magellan Telescope Project

Dr. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz: "[T]he Executive Board of the Foundation has approved $40M toward membership in the GMT project. Discussions between the Foundation and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil are well advanced to share these costs and allow astronomers from all states of Brazil to have access to the telescope." MORE...