Unlocking mysteries about the nature of the universe

The Thirty Meter Telescope will be a powerful tool to accelerate scientific understanding of the Universe. It will advance the world's knowledge across a vast span of time from the first galaxies that formed in the Universe to the planets that orbit nearby stars in our own Milky Way galaxy that might harbor life. 

The foundation provides support through a commitment to the University of California and Caltech.

For more information about the Thirty Meter Telescope, visit tmt.org.



New frontiers

The Thirty Meter Telescope will be up to 200 times faster or able to detect objects 200 times fainter than today's most powerful telescopes.
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    Sep 2003

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