June 8th: The Thirty Meter Telescope


Podcaster: Rob Sparks & Todd Boroson

Title: The Thirty Meter Telescope

Organization: NOAO

Links: www.noao.edu ; http://www.tmt.org/

Description: Ever since Galileo first turned his small telescope toward the heavens, astronomers have longed for larger instruments that would allow them observe very faint objects at very high resolution. The next generation of large telescopes is currently being planned and construction will begin soon on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Muana Kea in Hawaii. In this podcast, Todd Boroson of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory describes the TMT, its design and some of the science questions it will help answer.

Featured image credit: TMT

Bio: Rob Sparks is a science education specialist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and works on the Galileoscope project (www.galileoscope.org), providing design, dissemination and professional development. He blogs at halfastro.wordpress.com.

Todd Boroson has been an astronomer at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory for 24 years.  He has built instruments for telescopes on Kitt Peak and was the U.S. Project Scientist for the Gemini Observatory for 10 years. He currently is working on the Thirty Meter Telescope Project.

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One Response to June 8th: The Thirty Meter Telescope

  1. Peter John Jose December 4, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Galileo was great in discovering the telescope. With that our technology changed a lot. Researchers and astronomers are still developing advance telescopes that can be use for future studies.

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