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  • Smithsonian Lecture Series on Astronomy - February 27, 2019

    Dr. Burcin Mutlu Pakdil, from University of Arizona, will be giving the lecture titled “The Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe.” This lecture will be held Wednesday, February 27 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MMT Observing Schedule: January - April

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