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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.
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.
The MMTO has an opening for an Assistant Staff Scientist to join us. Details and online application can be found here.
The guardrail work that was being done this summer is finished and the road is open. There are no more road closures.
Installation of additional guardrails will resume on Monday, July 25 by SMR on Mt. Hopkins Road around the 5 km area. Work will be done during weekdays.
Mt. Hopkins Road will be OPEN during the following times:
Before 6:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. (Only 15 minutes - be waiting near the 5 km area to drive through)
12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m.
After 4:00 p.m. until the next morning at 6:30 a.m.
The Forest Service re-opened Mt Hopkins Road on July 12 for public use to km 13. Fire restrictions are still in place: no smoking, charcoal grills, firearms, etc. Work on guardrail installation near km 5 is planned to resume soon with the previous road closure times instituted again. A notice will be posted when the dates are confirmed for this work to continue.
Per the Nogales District Forest Service Fire Chief, Shane Lyman, effective immediately, if a fire breaks out on or near Mt. Hopkins, observers and staff should evacuate immediately from the mountain. If a fire occurs on the road between the summit and the Administration Complex, observers and staff should go to the MMT at the summit. The 2011 Mt. Hopkins Fire Action Plan and the MMTO Fire Procedures can be found here.
Starting on Thursday morning, June 9, the guardrail work on Mt. Hopkins Road will be suspended until further notice and the road will be open normal hours only to staff and Observatory users. Due to the extremely dry conditions and the potential for fires, the Forest Service is closing Coronado National Forest to the public.
The FLWO Visitor Center will also be closed to the public until further notice.
To read a New York Times article on light pollution in Southern Arizona and the effect on the MMT Observatory and other Whipple observatories, click here.
To read an article from Sky and Telescope magazine about the MMT and other southern Arizona observatories, click here.