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  • Giant Magellan Groundbreaking

    The University of Arizona marks a milestone this week in a years-long project to bring the world's largest telescope to a mountaintop in northern Chile.
    Ground was broken for the Giant Magellan Telescope on Wednesday. Eventually it will be an enormous...

  • Mirror Lab Renamed in Honor of Richard F. Caris

    The longtime supporter of the UA's astronomy department donated $20 million last December, backing the University's role in building the Giant Magellan Telescope.

    An impactful, $20 million gift supporting the University of Arizona's partnership in the...

  • UA Making Biggest Mirrors for World's Biggest Telescope

    Arizona Public Media July 2015 | Technicians at the University of Arizona are building seven glass mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope, an earthbound instrument scheduled to begin operation on a mountaintop in Chile in 2021....

  • Colossal telescope coming into focus

    Tucson.com July 2015 | We all know the impossible triangle of projects. Trying to go fast and cheap at the same time rarely ends up with a good product and, more often than not, is not as fast as planned anyway. LBT was supposed to be cheap and to move fast.

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  • Polishing Off a Mirror

    UANews May 2015 | The only telescope mirror ever made that combines two mirrors in one piece of glass departed the University of Arizona's Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab on May 18 after spending seven years in various stages of production.

    The mirror will form the...

  • The telescope looking for the beginning of time

    CNet May 2015 | The universe is a big place.  Let's rephrase that. The universe is a gargantuan place. At this moment in time, astronomers believe that it measures some ...

  • Giant Mirror Presents a Unique, Oversize Load

    UA News May 2015 | After years of polishing to perfection, the mirror slated to form the heart of the Large Synaptic Survey Telescope, expected to revolutionize our view of the cosmos as a place of constant change, has left the UA's Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab.  ...

  • Steward Observatory Mirror Lab to Cast 2nd 8.4-Meter LBT Mirror

    News Wise May 2000 | Steward Observatory Mirror Lab to cast 2nd 8.4-meter LBT mirror.  The University of Arizona Steward Observatory Mirror Lab is about to cast a second 8.4-meter mirror for the Large...

  • The heat's on at the Steward Mirror Lab

    UA News May 2000 | TUCSON, Ariz. -- If you think it's hot at 100 degrees in Tucson today, imagine the noontime temperature at 482 degrees Fahrenheit.  That's how hot it was at noon today inside the...

  • Giant mirror transplanted in trend-setting telescope

    UA News May 2000 | A radical instrument that transformed design and construction of large telescopes is now twice as large. The original 4.5-meter-diameter Multiple Mirror Telescope was the third-largest optical telescope in the world when dedicated on Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, in 1979....