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Weizmann Institute of Science Joins Giant Magellan Telescope, a Top Priority for Science Worldwide

Renowned research institution will advance the world’s most powerful telescope, strengthening international desire to see farther into space with more detail than ever before. PASADENA, CA — On September 14, 2021, the GMTO Corporation welcomed the Weizmann Institute of Science into its international consortium of distinguished universities and research institutions building the Giant Magellan Telescope. MORE...

El Instituto de Ciencias Weizmann se une al Telescopio Magallanes Gigante, una prioridad científica a nivel mundial

El prestigioso centro de investigación formará parte del telescopio más poderoso del mundo, contribuyendo a hacer realidad el anhelo internacional de ver más lejos en el espacio y con más detalles que nunca. PASADENA, CA – El 14 de septiembre de 2021, GMTO Corporation dio la bienvenida al Instituto de Ciencias Weizmann como nuevo integrante MORE...

Engineering Marvel: Sixth Mirror Cast for Giant Magellan Telescope

The 8.4-meter mirror joins five of the world’s largest mirrors previously cast for the Giant Magellan Telescope, one of the world’s largest and most anticipated extremely large telescopes. PASADENA, CA — The Giant Magellan Telescope announces fabrication of the sixth of seven of the world’s largest monolithic mirrors. These mirrors will allow astronomers to see MORE...

Giant Magellan Telescope earns top marks in earthquake safety, a first in observatory design

International review panel praises the Giant Magellan Telescope’s innovative seismic protection system capable of protecting the 13.6-million-pound telescope structure from earthquake damage in one of the world’s most seismically active regions. PASADENA, CA — Engineers designing the Giant Magellan Telescope have solved an immense design challenge never attempted before: Protecting a 22-story rotating observatory and MORE...

Excavation of GMT pier and enclosure foundations complete

Excavation of the foundations of the Giant Magellan Telescope’s massive pier and enclosure have finished, completing the next step towards the construction of the GMT in Chile. The excavation work took only six months, well ahead of the planned eight-month schedule. It was done without explosives and required a crew of 40 people at the MORE...