MMT Observing Schedule: August 2021 – January 2022
Jul 30, 2021
The observing schedule for August 2021 – January 2022 can be found here.
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 …
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.
MMT Observing Schedule: May- July 2021
Apr 02, 2021
The observing schedule for May- July 2021 can be found here.
MMT Observing Schedule: January – April 2021
Dec 16, 2020
The observing schedule for January – April 2021 can be found here.
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 …
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 …
MMT Observing Schedule: August – December 2020
Jul 24, 2020
The observing schedule for August – December 2020 can be found here.
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.
Back on the sky!
Jun 11, 2020
We are happy to announce that after 88 nights of being shut down, Saturday night June 13th will be the first full night of science observations at the MMT since Monday, March 16. On Wednesday, June 10th Whipple Observatory …