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You can now follow us on twitter! The MMTO has an account at http://twitter.com/mmtobservatory. Get daily updates on instrument changes, science results, road conditions, weather and much more.
Read a science journalism student's insight into a night of observing with U of A Professor Ed Olszewski! Click here.
Remote observing is available at the MMT for those observers experienced with the Blue and Red Channel Spectrographs. Eleven astronomers have utilized this capability since September 2012 from a variety of locations across the country. To read more, click on the title.
A recent mini-documentary regarding light pollution in Arizona, researched and filmed by Jason Davis, a UA Master's student studying science journalism, discusses the adverse effects on observatories along with its effects on other areas of concern as well. To view it, click here.
The MMTO has an opening for an Electronic Technician, Sr. (job #51844). Details and an online application can be found here.
The MMTO has an opening for a Senior Mechanial Engineer (job #51966). Details and an online application can be found here.
The MMTO is pleased to announce the arrival of the MMTCam - a sensitive optical imaging camera commissioned in November 2012 by Warren Brown of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. This instrument is mounted on the telescope with the f/5 secondary and offers exciting new capabilities, including responding to targets-of-opportunity, identifying transients, and allowing photometric monitoring of objects such as supernovae. For more information, click here.
To keep up with interesting news in Astronomy, read the online columns found at Astronomy Beat, published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). It's free for ASP members. ASP membership details can be found at the link above.
Three new staff members have recently joined the MMTO. Joannah Hinz, Assistant Staff Scientist, joined us in July; Erin Martin, Telescope Operator, Sr., started in August; and Richard Cool, Assistant Staff Scientist, joined us in early September. To read more on their backgrounds and MMTO duties, click on the title above.
Astronomers have used light from an exploding star to study a galaxy an astonishing 9.5 billion light-years away. The new data, obtained in part at the MMT Observatory, uses the unique signatures of a distant ultra-luminous supernova to determine the interstellar conditions in the galaxy. This is the first demonstration of such a technique and shows much promise for future studies of the early universe. To read more, click here.