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  • $20 Million Gift Pushes UA Closer to the Stars

    UA News December 2014 | A donation from Richard F. Caris in support of the UA's commitment to the Giant Magellan Telescope project will ensure valuable access for University astronomers. 

    "We are grateful that Richard F. Caris has provided this...

  • Mirror, mirror

    Symmetry Magazine January 2015 | After more than six years of grinding and polishing, the first-ever dual-surface mirror for a major telescope is complete.  In March 2008, a group of people gathred around a giant, red oven in a six-story workshop space beneath the bleachers of the...

  • GMT3 Mirror Cast August 24, 2013

    UANews August 2013 | Scientists at the UA's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab are casting the third mirror in a series of seven that will be used to construct the Giant Magellan Telescope. Once completed, the telescope will be the largest in the world and have a resolution 10 times...

  • GMT2 Mirror Update

    September, 2012  the Giant Magellen Telescope Mirror 2 (GMT2) has completed the process of cleaning out the 1700 hexagonal columns made of special refractory material, which create the final honeycomb shape. This material can withstand high oven temperatures sustained during the...

  • Mirror Casting Event for the GMT

    On January 14, 2012, the second 8.4-meter (27.6 ft) diameter mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be cast inside a rotating furnace at the UA’s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab underneath the campus football stadium.  The Mirror Lab will host a special event to...