Supernova Club

GMT Supernovae


Welcome to the GMT Supernovae page, a forum for K-12 students.

The Giant Magellan Telescope is designed to operate for at least 50 years once it is completed. That means that some of the greatest discoveries coming out of the GMT will be made by future generations of astronomers—astronomers who are currently students like you.

Join us as a member of the GMT Supernovae and follow us along our journey to build one of the world’s biggest optical telescopes. All you have to do is download our digital badge and come back and visit us regularly.

We’ll be posting updates about our progress, facts about the GMT, and other great information.


Check out our image gallery for more pictures and video, and download our classroom poster.

Download our new coloring page! (see right)

Are you ready to learn more about physics and astronomy? Check out our list of resources below.

Have a question? Contact us by email or through social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn). (We also like getting (and posting) pictures, drawings, and videos from our Supernovae members.)



Light: The Electromagnetic Spectrum

NASA Mission: Science

“Welcome to the Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. This unique NASA resource on the web, in print, and with companion videos introduces electromagnetic waves, their behaviors, and how scientists visualize these data.”

Accompanying video tour is here.


High School Physics – Diffraction (video)

“A very brief qualitative introduction to diffraction for high school physics students.”

CSIRO: Obtaining Astronomical Spectra – Spectrograph

“A spectrograph is an instrument used to obtain and record an astronomical spectrum. The spectrograph splits or disperses the light from an object into its component wavelengths so that it can be recorded then analyzed. These steps are discussed in more detail.”


U Colorado: Geometric Optics

“How does a lens form an image? See how light rays are refracted by a lens. Watch how the image changes when you adjust the focal length of the lens, move the object, move the lens, or move the screen.”


AAO: Aluminizing the mirror of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (video)

“One of the most important “secret rituals” of an astronomical observatory is the aluminising of the telescope’s mirror. The 4-metre primary mirror of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) is a huge chunk of finely polished glass-ceramic that has been coated with a thin layer of aluminium to create the reflective surface.”

STSCI: Telescopes from the Ground Up

“Explore the history of telescopes from Galileo to NASA’s Great Observatories.”

The Giant Magellan Telescope – “A Perfect Mirror” (video)

“GMT staff and scientists discuss the Giant Magellan Telescope’s mirrors and the science that they will enable.”


LCOGT: Star in a box

“Inside this box you can animate the different stages in a star’s life and see how its brightness, size, and mass change with time.”


Hubble Deep Field Academy

“The Hubble Deep Field image reveals much about our cosmos. Use astronomers’ methods to unlock the universe’s secrets!”

Hubble: Cosmic Collision

“It’s the ultimate clash of the titans: galaxies smashing together in a bid for cosmic dominance. Our own Milky Way is charging toward impact: discover its fate”

The Origin of the Universe

Carnegie Observatories: Everyday Cosmology

The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington is proud to present Everyday Cosmology, a website devoted to the history of cosmology from the time of Galileo to the present day. Learn about the most important discoveries in Astronomy that have shaped our view of the Universe. Includes an historical time-line and learning activities.

Htwins: Scale of the Universe

An interactive animation showing the size scale from smaller than atoms to the size of the universe.