A superb video of the Thirty Meter Telescope

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“Seeing is believing” or better “dreaming is believing”… The Four Dimensional Digital Universe Project (4D2U Project) & National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) released one year ago a superb video about Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

One frame of the 4D2U Project video showing the TMT on the top on Mauna KEa, Hawaii

One frame of the 4D2U Project video showing the TMT on the top on Mauna Kea, Hawaii (Credit NOAJ/4D2U Project)

This gigantic and ambitious telescope located on the top of the Mauna Kea in Hawaii, is shown in the context of already existing telescopes, including the today Giants, such as the twin W.M. Keck telescopes and the Gemini North and Subaru Telescopes.

This is not a recent news but since I have been often looking for this video when someone comes to my office and asks me about the TMT. Consequently I decided to post a link to it on my blog and share it with you. Unfortunately the video is not available on Youtube/Vimeo, so I can’t even embed in this post. It is available on the Facebook page of the TMT (here).

Hopefully in a few months, we will know if the project is selected for funding by NSF. A call was released recently and the proposals are due on April 12. It is very likely that there will be at least two competitive proposals (TMT and the Giant Magellan Telescope) but one winner unfortunately.

Waiting for the news, you can enjoy the video and dream about it.

Clear skies

Franck M.

About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently, he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

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