The telescope will be 18 stories tall and will provide astronomers an opportunity to better observe planets and stars forming, galaxies and black holes. The summit of Mauna Kea is the Earth’s clearest window to the rest of the Universe. Other facts are more nuanced or complex than they initially appear.

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii's Big Island is slated to be one of the world's largest, most powerful telescopes. “The Thirty Meter Telescope represents a pinnacle of innovation in human imagination. The telescope optical design is a folded Ritchey-Chrétien.

This represents the possibility of pushing our vision farther into space and our understanding farther back in time to help answer fundamental questions about the universe. The US TMT Science Working Group (SWG) and the Thirty Meter Telescope project office have compiled this page of information about the observatory, its planned instrumentation, the partnership, and potential US national participation in TMT.The FAQ was originally compiled for a community survey carried out by the SWG in September-October 2014.

TMT will use the metrology frames, which are auxiliary equipment tools, to accurately locate the M1 mirror segments during installation. It is very likely that TMT will enable … Among the rumors is the telescope’s alleged use of nuclear power. In 2009, Mauna Kea was chosen as the place for the TMT, named for the diameter of its mirror, because of its elevation and clear skies.

But the $1.4-billion project is now in jeopardy in the aftermath of protests on social media and across Hawaii that brought construction to a halt. Rival giant telescopes join forces to seek U.S. funding. New front emerges in battle to build giant telescope in Hawaii. Mauna Kea when measured from sea level is the highest point in the Pacific Ocean. It cannot happen. They guarantee no nuclear waste will seep out and contaminate the fresh water, as it is impossible.

HONOLULU AND THE SLOPES OF MAUNA KEA … Some of the environmental claims raised on social media, like rumors about the TMT being fueled by nuclear power, are false. Telescope Systems Rendering of the telescope in which the primary, secondary and tertiary mirrors are shown. The TMT telescope will provide extremely sharp images that will allow astronomers to see much fainter and more distant objects than possible with existing telescopes, and to study them in greater detail. TMT’s original price tag was $1.4 billion. Both the primary and secondary mirrors are hyperboloidal, and together they form a well-corrected focus. The first TMT primary mirror (M1) metrology frame has been built and delivered to TMT’s technical laboratory near Pasadena. Of course “trucking” it would be difficult, as the nearest facility that can hold that large amount of waste does not exist in Hawaii.