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COVID Information

Oct 19, 2021

In light of recent public health and safety concerns, all classical observing will be done remotely. For additional information or training, please contact Susan Wahl. Whipple Observatory’s visitor and science center, as well as tours, are closed to the public …

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MMT Observing Schedule: August 2021 – January 2022

Jul 30, 2021

The observing schedule for August 2021 – January 2022 can be found here.

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Dr. Jacques Beckers obituary

May 27, 2021

Dr. Jacques Beckers, 87, passed away on February 26, 2021 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jacques was the first Director of the new Multiple Mirror Telescope after it was dedicated in 1979 and served in that role until 1984. His obituary …

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Update: Mechanical failure in the Hecto fiber positioner

Apr 21, 2021

The Instrument Support Group and SAO team (working remotely) continue to work on the issue with gripper #2 in the Hectospec fiber positioner. We anticipate returning the instrument to service in early 2021b.

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MMT Observing Schedule: May- July 2021

Apr 02, 2021

The observing schedule for May- July 2021 can be found here.

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MMT Observing Schedule: January – April 2021

Dec 16, 2020

The observing schedule for January – April 2021 can be found here.

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Nat Carleton Obituary

Nov 20, 2020

Nat Carleton passed away on February 25, 2020 at the age of 90. Nat was one of the founding fathers of the MMT Observatory. He served as SAO’s Project Scientist, along with Bill Hoffman at the University …

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Mechanical failure in the Hecto fiber positioner

Nov 13, 2020

A mechanical failure in the Hecto fiber positioner has temporarily disabled it. Binospec has been mounted on the MMT in place of Hecto during November. Planning for servicing Hecto while respecting COVID-19 travel and social distancing restrictions is underway. If …

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MMT Observing Schedule: August – December 2020

Jul 24, 2020

The observing schedule for August – December 2020 can be found here.

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MMT in the News!

Jul 16, 2020

Dr. Wen-Fai Fong, using the MMT MMIRS, helped solidify the redshift of a short GRB at z=1.8, the most distant with an optical afterglow detection to date! You can read Dr. Fong’s research featured on CNN here.

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