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First “Extremely Large Telescope” seeking to unlock the universe’s mysteries
First “Extremely Large Telescope” seeking to unlock the universe’s mysteries

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Here's another photo captured by our Project Manager, James Fanson, during his recent trip to the +Australian Astronomical Observatory. This photo is of the TAIPAN Starbug fiber positioner on the 48-inch Schmidt telescope. Starbugs will be used by the #GMTelescope instrument MANIFEST.
Check out this video to learn more about Starbugs technology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvZDF54Si5w.
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Congratulations to our Board Chair, Walter E. Massey, PhD, on receiving one of 10 honorary degrees at this year's +Harvard University Commencement! http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/05/harvard-awards-10-honorary-degrees-at-366th-commencement/

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GMT's Project Manager, James Fanson, and some other GMT staff responsible for instruments recently visited Australia. During their visit, they went to the +Australian Astronomical Observatory in New South Wales. Here's a photo of the moonrise from the dome of the 3.9 meter Anglo-Australian Telescope. (Photo Credit: James Fanson)
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A few weeks ago, the group from #GMTelescope responsible for the primary mirrors (“the M1 group”) visited the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab at +The University of Arizona Here’s a shot of some of the members of the GMT and Mirror Lab teams with GMT Segment 1.
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We are seeking a highly qualified Opto-Mechanical Engineer to work on the detailed design of the Secondary Mirror Subsystem. This role will provide advanced engineering and detailed design concepts for opto-mechanical apparatus, equipment, assemblies, and opto-mechanical components.
For more information or to apply, please visit our employment page: http://www.gmto.org/resources/employment/opto-mechanical-engineer-3/

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#LifeatLCO - let it snow! Las Campanas and neighboring areas experienced snowfall last night. Here are a couple pictures from the #GMTelescope summit captured by one of our construction webcams.
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5/19/17
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We're excited to welcome Marianne Cox into her position as GMTO Software Release Manager! When asked why she decided to get involved with GMTO, Cox replied, "because the most rewarding thing in any career is for your contribution to mean something; to make a difference. To be a part of a project with the potential to lead to the next great scientific discovery is its own reward." #MeetGMTO
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PT: Estamos orgulhosos de compartilhar nosso novo vídeo para o publico brasileiro, produzido pela Agência FAPESP - em português - sobre o Telescópio Gigante Magalhães. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xII9I5VuBeI

EN: We are proud to share with you a new video for the Brazilian audience, produced entirely by Agência FAPESP in Portuguese, about #GMTelescope.
Images and video from GMTO, the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona, and FAPESP.

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A simulation titled “TRAPPIST Sounds” translates the orbits of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system into a musical harmony: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/science/trappist-earth-size-planets-orbits-music.html

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Here's a closer view of our neighbors, the Magellan Telescopes, at Las Campanas Observatory. Taken by Christopher Madden in March 2017. 
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