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A Video Visit to the MMT Observatory

For a behind-the-scenes visit to the MMT Observatory, take a look at a video appearing in Astronomy magazine's blog at The video was created by Jason Davis, a science journalism graduate student at the U of A.

MMT Spectroscopy

On June 7, R. Lunnan and collaborators from Harvard/CfA detected the optical afterglow of a distant gamma ray burst with the MMT's Blue Channel Spectrograph only seven hours after the alert went out from the Burst Alert Telescope.  More information about the detection can be found here

Supernova 2012au: First published results from MMTCam

A recently commissioned (Nov. 2012) capability at the MMT includes filtered imaging with MMTCam. A new publication by D. Milisavljevic (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and colleagues on the slowly-evolving supernova 2012au, includes the first published results from MMTCam. Data from MMT Blue Channel Spectrograph was also included in the paper.

Operations Manager/Chief Engineer position - Closed

The MMTO has an opening for an Operations Manager/Chief Engineer (job #52207). Details and an online application can be found here

Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Geller

Dr. Geller, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and frequent user of the MMT, has been awarded the 2013 Lilienfeld Prize from the American Physical Society (APS).  You can also view her APS interview for the Prize.

MMTO is on Twitter!

You can now follow us on twitter! The MMTO has an account at Get daily updates on instrument changes, science results, road conditions, weather and much more.

MMTO in the News

Read a science journalism student's insight into a night of observing with U of A Professor Ed Olszewski! Click here.

Remote Observing at the MMTO

Remote observing is available at the MMT for those observers experienced with the Blue and Red Channel Spectrographs. Eleven astronomers have utilized this capability since September 2012 from a variety of locations across the country. To read more, click on the title.

"Defending the Dark"

A recent mini-documentary regarding light pollution in Arizona, researched and filmed by Jason Davis, a UA Master's student studying science journalism, discusses the adverse effects on observatories along with its effects on other areas of concern as well.  To view it, click here.

Electronic Technician, Sr. position - Closed

The MMTO has an opening for an Electronic Technician, Sr. (job #51844). Details and an online application can be found here.