We’re very excited to announce the MMT Observatory’s 40th Anniversary Symposium and Celebration to be held May 14-16, 2019 in Tucson. The innovative 4.5-m Multiple Mirror Telescope was dedicated on May 9, 1979. Later that year, on July 1, 1979, an MOU was signed by the Smithsonian Institution and the Arizona Board of Regents formally establishing the MMT Observatory. The original telescope saw “last light” on March 2, 1998, and the Observatory entered a new era of scientific discovery with the dedication of the 6.5-m telescope on May 20, 2000. The new telescope will soon surpass the operating lifetime of the original telescope. The Symposium will recognize 40 years of successful operation and celebrate the MMT’s past, present, and future. Presentations will include a mix of historical “recollections”, recent science results, and future instrumentation. The talks will be aimed at an educated public to allow for a broad audience. Following the first day of talks, there will be a welcome reception on the evening of Tuesday, May 14th. A banquet and celebration will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 15th; staff and friends of the MMT who are not able to attend the symposium talks are encouraged to register for the banquet and social event. Special tours of Mount Hopkins are scheduled for Monday, May 13. There may also be some free time allocated on Wednesday afternoon for relaxing or sightseeing.
The MMT Observatory and MMTO Council are pleased to announce the Second MMT Science Symposium. The occasion will also mark the tenth anniversary of the re-dedication of the MMT held May 20, 2000. In addition to celebrating the anniversary, we encourage talks and posters that cover a wide range of astronomy topics to celebrate the diversity of science that has been accomplished at the MMT since its conversion to the 6.5m mirror in 2000.
The MMT Observatory and MMTO Council are pleased to announce the First MMT Science Symposium. The purpose of this informal workshop is to present scientific results from the upgraded MMT and the new generation of instruments which have come on line in the last few years.
It is hoped that the meeting will also bring together MMT users in a congenial environment where new ideas, projects, and collaborations may develop to expand the rich scientific return from the MMT for many years.