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Meet GMTO: Bob Turner

Bob Turner is GMTO’s Deputy Site Enclosure and Facilities Manager. He has a B.S. in Economics and has been with GMTO since 2016. What sparked your interest in working with GMTO? I was given the opportunity to work as a consultant for GMTO and one of the selling points was the wow factor attached to MORE...

Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th Anniversary

In celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th year in orbit, GMT Project Manager, Dr. James Fanson, and GMT Project Scientist, Dr. Rebecca Bernstein, share their thoughts on Hubble and its impact on astronomy. How do Hubble images and discoveries help make astronomy accessible to the public? The combined sensitivity and resolution of the Hubble Space MORE...

Meet GMTO: Bob Goodrich

Bob Goodrich is GMT’s Observatory Scientist. He has a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He’s been with GMTO since March 2015. What sparked your interest in science? I have always been fascinated by those greater things out in the Universe; planets, stars, galaxies… What discoveries can we make MORE...

Astronomy at Home

Astronomy is the perfect activity to do from home – both indoors and outdoors. Read below for some ideas from GMTO’s partner institutions, and others, to keep you and your family informed and entertained. Backyard Stargazing Enjoy the great outdoors from home by taking your stargazing skills into the backyard. The McDonald Observatory of GMTO MORE...

Top Astronomy Stories of 2019

First images of a black hole captured by the Event Horizon Telescope In April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project announced they had taken the first-ever image of a black hole. The image, a glowing orange donut around a central black circle, showed the black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, 55 million MORE...

Remembering Apollo 11: thoughts from GMTO Project Manager James Fanson

The Apollo program is why I became an engineer. The late 1960s was a time when the world seemed to be falling apart. My parents feared nuclear war with the Soviet Union and stored a year’s supply of freeze-dried food in the basement. Every night at the dinner table we heard the casualty figures from MORE...

Total Solar Eclipse: Chile 2019

On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of Chile and Argentina. The narrow band where totality will be observed passes less than a mile from the Giant Magellan Telescope site at the edge of the Atacama Desert in Chile. GMTO will be holding a special, private event to watch MORE...

2019 SPIE Awards in Optical Engineering

The full set of 2019 awards from the SPIE – the International Society for Optics and Photonics – have been formally announced. Two people closely involved with GMT have been recognized for their unique contributions to the field. MORE...