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Thirty Meter Telescope: Hawaii's Giant Space Eye (Gallery)

TMT Observatory Artist's Concept

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This artist's concept illustrates the TMT Observatory at the proposed site on Mauna Kea. The TMT is a telescope designed for optical and infrared observing, expected to see first light in 2022.

Visualization of TMT on Mauna Kea

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This visualization shows the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.

The Thirty Meter Telescope at Sunset

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This artist's rendering depicts the Thirty Meter Telescope at sunset.

TMT with Laser Guide Star

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This artist's concept shows the Thirty Meter Telescope at night, with the laser guide star system operating.

Hawaii's Proposed Thirty Meter Telescope From Above

Thirty Meter Telescope

An artist's illustration of the Thirty-Meter Telescope atop the volcanic peak of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

Artist's Interpretation of the Thirty Meter Telescope

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An artist's interpretation of the Thirty Meter Telescope. The TMT is a telescope designed for optical and infrared observing, to see first light on Hawaii's Mauna Kea in 2018. Image undated.

Thirty Meter Telescope's Mirrors

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An artist's interpretation of the Thirty Meter Telescope's mirrors. The TMT is a telescope designed for optical and infrared observing, to see first light on Hawaii's Mauna Kea in 2018. Image undated.

Tertiary Mirror of Thirty Meter Telescope

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An artist's view of the Thirty Meter Telescope, showing the tertiary mirror in the center of the segmented primary mirror. The TMT is a telescope designed for optical and infrared observing, to see first light on Hawaii's Mauna Kea in 2018. Image undated.

Tertiary Mirror in Primary Mirror of TMT

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An artist's view of the Thirty Meter Telescope, showing the tertiary mirror in the center of the segmented primary mirror. The TMT is a telescope designed for optical and infrared observing, to see first light on Hawaii's Mauna Kea in 2018. Image undated.

Thirty Meter Telescope at Sunset

Courtesy TMT Observatory Corporation

An artist's rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope at sunset. The TMT is a telescope designed for optical and infrared observing, to see first light on Hawaii's Mauna Kea in 2022. Image undated.

Simulation of Observations of Io

F. Marchis

Simulation of observations of Io using the W.M. Keck telescope and its current AO system, a next generation AO system mounted on the W.M. Telescope (KNGAO), and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) equipped with its AO system named (NFIRAOS).

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