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Job Openings

The MMTO currently has four new positions open. Here are the links if you would like more information.

MMT Observing Schedule: August - December

The observing schedule for August-December 2019 can be found here.

MMT Observing Schedule: May - July

The observing schedule for May - July 2019 can be found here.

Science Saturdays at FLWO

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory presents Science Saturdays! Activities are FREE and fun for all ages! They are offered the first Saturday of each month at the FLWO Visitor & Science Center. Next Science Saturday will be offered April 6, 2019 from 9am - 1pm for an early Earth Day Celebration! Learn how plants grow in space and plant your very own seed! Check out their upcoming events or visit their Facebook page for more information.

Update on Tours

Due to road construction on Mt. Hopkins Road, tours at the Observatory will resume May 8th, 2019. When operating, tours are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and require advance reservations. In the meantime, check out FLWO Science Saturdays

Crab Nebula Pulsar captured- see the videos!

In January 1969, astronomers at Steward Observatory were the first to detect the optical flash from a pulsar, observing the Crab pulsar with a photon-counting detector. In January 2019, near the 50th anniversary of this discovery, Steward astronomers, testing a new high-speed imaging camera at the MMT, observed the Crab pulsar, taking images 194 times per second. This video shows the flash in visible light of the Crab Nebula pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star that is the collapsed remnant of a supernova. This video shows the pulsar additionally processed.

MMT 40th Anniversary Symposium and Celebration

We're very excited to announce the MMT Observatory's 40th Anniversary Symposium and Celebration to be held May 14-16, 2019 in Tucson. Please consider joining us! More information can be found here.

MMT Observing Schedule: January - April

The observing schedule for January - April 2019 can be found here.

UPDATE Km 18.5 Road Stabilization Project

Phase II of the road stabilization project is underway with major interruptions. Heavy machinery is being used while they repair and pour concrete on the road. All vehicular traffic is unable to cross until further notice. Coordination with staff is required prior to going up the mountain. If you are an observer, please contact Susan Wahl to make special arrangements during the road construction.

Final Smithsonian Lecture Series on Astronomy -March 13, 2019

Dr. Wilson Liu, from WIYN Observatory, will be giving the final lecture of the series titled “WIYN Observatory’s One Degree Imager: Science with a Wide-Field Camera." This lecture will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Green Valley Recreation Center- West at 9:00 AM. Each lecture is 45 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period. All lectures are free and open to the public. Click here for the dates and the list of all speakers and their topics. We hope to see you there!