Abstract – The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is under construction at Las Campanas Observatory in northern Chile. Its primary collecting area consists of seven 8.4-meter diameter segments, giving it about a 5 times larger collecting area than the largest optical/infrared telescopes available today. Dr. Armandroff will give a summary of the properties of the GMT and some of the most exciting science that is planned for the GMT. Two Texas institutions are among the 13 partners in GMT: The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University.Dr. Armandroff will explain the positive impact the GMT is expected to have in Texas. He will also touch on what one can see during a visit to McDonald Observatory, especially what’s new.
Our Speaker : Taft Armandroff serves as the Director of The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory and a Professor in the Department of Astronomy. McDonald Observatory is one of the world's leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, and public education and outreach. The Observatory operates multiple telescopes undertaking a wide range of frontier astronomical research under the darkest night skies of any observatory in the continental United States, the largest of which is the Hobby-Eberly Telescope with its 10-meter mirror. McDonald Observatory also spearheads The University of Texas at Austin’s partnership in the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) that is being built in northern Chile. The GMT will be one of the world’s largest and most advanced telescopes.