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The world’s most powerful telescope

Thirty Meter Telescope

The Thirty Meter Telescope will help unlock mysteries about the nature of the universe.

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) holds the potential for discoveries that will benefit not just the international science community, but all of humankind. Once completed, the TMT will be the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth and has the potential to transform the study of the universe. The TMT will enable astronomers to study objects in our own solar system and stars throughout our Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies, as well as galaxies forming at the very edge of the universe.

In 2003, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation provided an investment of $50 million towards designing TMT, and in 2007 pledged an additional $200 million towards completion of the design phase and supporting early construction near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. With multiple countries also supporting the project, the TMT represents an international collaboration of scientific and academic organizations from around the world. Scientific operations are scheduled to begin in 2021.

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Recent Grants

$10,000,000.00 Nov 2014 Thirty Meter Telescope Construction Phase California Institute of Technology
$10,000,000.00 Nov 2014 Thirty Meter Telescope Construction Phase University of California
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Team

Vicki Chandler, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Science

Vicki spearheads the foundation’s Science Program. She studied biochemistry for her undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of …

Aanika Carroll, Program Associate, Science

Aanika provides strategic, research and operational support for the Science Learning portfolio. She also supports the Caltech and Thirty-Meter Telescope commitments. Previously, she helped launch the…