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Re-aluminization of MMT's Primary Mirror

With much consideration of all factors involved; including but not exclusively, science impact, cost, resources, it has been decided by the MMTO’s Director with input from the MMT Council members that the MMT’s primary mirror will be re-aluminized during the summer of 2012. We will continue to operate with the current coating until summer shutdown 2012 at which time the MMTO will again have an extended shutdown period and a new aluminum coating will be applied to the primary mirror.

Principal Engineer Position

The MMTO is looking for a new Principal Engineer to join us. Details and online application can be found here

MMT participates in ground-based observations for Kepler mission

The most recent exciting Kepler discovery announced is a system of six planets made of a mix of rock and gases orbiting a single sun-like star known as Kepler 11. The MMT was used by the team, among other ground based telescopes, to confirm the discovery. To read the full report, click here.

Grant Williams Appointed New Director of MMT Observatory

Having served as the observatory's associate director since 2007, Williams' goal is to ensure the telescope remains a competitive tool over the next decade and beyond, serving the interests of both its parent institutions, the UA and the Smithsonian Institution.   Related UANews Article >

2010 Staff Photo ...

Every year we gather at the telescope for our annual staff photograph - unfortunately a good few of us were missing but those who did make it were smiling away! From left-to-right we have: Bryan, Dallan, Dusty, Morag, Ale, Tom T, Grant, Duane, Faith, Tom G, Marilyn, Ben, Barb, Tom O, Brian, Cory & JT. Missing are: Dennis, Marc, John M, Dondi, John D, Mike, & Ricardo.

2010 Aluminization Video

Here is the video from the camera mounted in the window of the vacuum bell jar during the ‘shoot’.

The Whereabouts of MMIRS & Megacam

It has been decided by the PIs of MMIRS and Megacam to leave both instruments at Magellan for the next several years as long as they are being scientifically productive there.

Official Statement on the Re-coating of the MMT Primary Mirror

The MMT was taken offline for an extended period during this year’s summer shutdown to re-coat the primary mirror.

Kodak Interviews Marget Geller

Catch an interview of Dr. Margaret Geller of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory posted on the Kodak website.