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  • UA's Mirror Lab has a new name
    Friday, September 18, 2015

    The University of Arizona formally rededicated its mirror lab Friday to honor the man whose donations made two of the largest telescope

    projects in the world possible.  The Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab is named for the Scottsdale manufacturer whose early $3...

  • $20 Million Gift Pushes UA Closer to the Stars
    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    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 generous gift to the UA, which will...

  • Construction to Begin on Largest Telescope
    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization announced Wednesday that its 11 international partners have committed more than $500 million to begin construction of the first of a new generation of extremely large telescopes. Once it is built, the ...

  • LSST: UA Optics at Heart of Telescope Poised to catch the Action in The Universe
    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    UA Optics at Heart of Telescope Poised to Catch the Action in the Universe

    By Daniel Stolte, University Relations - Communications | August 6, 2014
    The National Science Foundation has agreed to fund the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is...

  • Giant Mirrors to Capture the Universe
    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    What does it take to create the perfect 27-foot parabolic mirrors for the world’s largest telescopes?

    “Building a telescope is a little like building a cathedral,” says Roger Angel, PhD, University of Arizona professor of astronomy and optical sciences and...

  • Major Milestone in Telescope Project
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Tucson is known for many things, but our skies are definitely a highlight for astronomy enthusiasts.

    Right now, researchers at the University of Arizona Steward Observatory Mirror Lab are working to build a telescope unlike anything that's been built before.

    Today, a...

  • UA Mirror Lab works full tilt on huge scope
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    The 20 tons of glass melting in a spinning furnace under the bleachers of Arizona Stadium represent the second $20 million gamble for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project.

    The first gamble was technological.

    When the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab set out to make...

  • Second GMT Mirror Casting to Begin

    The second of seven 8.4 meter (28ft) mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope's primary casting is taking place this week.  You can view the live flash images from the furnace: