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Bear Sighting

In recent weeks there has been many sightings of bears around Mt Hopkins and the observatory, including a family of three. They are often seen up in the trees munching on the ripe nuts.

On Monday morning as the day crew drove up to start their day they encountered a bear hanging out enjoying the sunshine on a rock near the road. The bear was happy to sit while Ben took a great video from the safety of his truck.

Although these bears appear to be relaxed around human presence remember they are wild animals and should be observed from a safe distance!

Gearing up to LCROSS...

The LCROSS experiment is now into its last two weeks before the impact happening in the early morning of Oct 9th (MST). We will be posting more specific information about the observing happening at the MMT in the coming days but for general information NASA’s LCROSS website is a great place to start.

Proposal Deadlines for 2010A

Applying for Observing Time at the MMTO:

Around the World in 80 Telescopes!

100hrs100hrsAs part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 the MMT Observatory will participate in the 100 Hours of Astronomy 24 hour webcast that will take place April 3rd and 4th UT.

MMT February Observing Statistics

    Time Summary

Percentage of time scheduled for observing              100.0
Percentage of time scheduled for engineering              0.0
Percentage of time scheduled for sec/instr chan           0.0

MMT Sep - Dec '08 Trimester Summary Report

To read the MMT September – December ‘08 Trimester Summary Report,
click here.

Preparing for NASA's LCROSS mission

During Monday’s (3/2/9) engineering night Shawn Callahan, Morag Hastie, Tim Pickering, Phil Hinz, and Ale Milone tested the f/15 AO system capabilities to develop procedures to image lunar impact craters for the upcoming NASA LCROSS mission. To learn more about this interesting NASA mission go to:

MMT Telescope Trained on Moon During 2009 Impact

Astronomers will use the powerful University of Arizona/Smithsonian MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Ariz., to search for lunar water ice when NASA fires a 2-ton rocket into a polar crater on the moon later this year.

To read more about this, click here

MMTAO In the News

Listen to Michael Lloyd-Hart discuss MMT adaptive optics and the multiple laser guide star system for large telescopes on Arizona PodCats at: