Giant Magellan Telescope passes reviews, poised to start construction

Artist's rendering of the Giant Magellan Telescope

Courtesy: Giant Magellan Telescope – GMTO Corporation

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project, in which Texas A&M University is a founding partner, has successfully passed two major reviews, completing its detailed design phase and positioning the project to enter the construction phase.

When completed, the 25-meter GMT will have more than six times the collecting area of the largest telescopes today and 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. Scientists will use the GMT to explore distant and potentially habitable planets around other stars, to explore the universe in the first billion years after the Big Bang, and to probe the mysteries of dark matter, dark energy and massive black holes.

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