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New Bridge Crane Installed

A new 3-ton bridge crane with wireless controls was installed in the telescope chamber at the MMTO in April. The previous bridge crane, also 3-tons, had been at the MMTO since 1978. Installation of the new crane was a tedious process, requiring the entire bridge to be taken out with the old crane attached, swapping out the old and new cranes in the parking lot and then re-installing the whole new bridge crane unit.

Status of Primary Mirror Re-Aluminization

We will re-aluminize the primary mirror during summer shutdown 2013.  While we had planned to do it this summer, we feel our success will be optimized by waiting another year while we continue with our preparations, meetings, and discussions among staff and with other colleagues.  Due to this, we'll have a normal  shutdown period this summer, beginning on July 24 and resuming operations on August 21.


Economic Impact of Astronomy to Arizona

In 2007, the Arizona Arts, Science and Technology Academy (AASTA) analyzed the economic importance of astronomy, space sciences and planetary sciences research to Arizona.  The study was published in January 2008.  To read more, click here

Pan-STARRS1 First High Redshift Quasar Discovery Aided by MMT Observations

The first high redshift quasar to be discovered by Pan-STARRS1 and confirmed photometrically and spectroscopically, in part, with the MMT's SWIRC and Red Channel spectrograph instruments has been recently published.  To read the full paper, click here.

Proposal Deadlines for 2012B

Mechanical Engineer position - Closed 2/17/12

The MMTO has an opening for a Mechanical Engineer.  Details and an online application can be found by searching for Job #49280 here.

Opening for Telescope Operations Specialist, Senior - CLOSED 1/31/12

The MMTO has an opening for a Telescope Operations Specialist, Senior.  Details and an online application form can be found by searching for Job #49170 here.

Exciting Binary Discovered with the MMT

Warren Brown, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts made the exciting discovery, while observing at the MMT, of two white dwarfs circling each other every 12 minutes.  Follow the link for many more details.

Assistant Staff Scientist position

The MMTO has an opening for an Assistant Staff Scientist to join us.  Details and online application can be found here.

Work completed on Mt Hopkins Road

The guardrail work that was being done this summer is finished and the road is open.  There are no more road closures.