The Giant Magellan Telescope was recently featured on Great Big Story. Narrated by GMTO's Patrick McCarthy, the video highlights the astronomical significance of the GMT project and its precise construction process.
Underneath the University of Arizona’s football stadium are the beginnings of the Giant Magellan Telescope, set to be the largest optical telescope in the world. The Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory is the only place equipped to manufacture gigantic 27-foot tall mirrors, the kind needed to build the heart of the Magellan. Each of the seven mirrors that will comprise the telescope weigh in at 17-tons and will produce images with 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope, giving scientists an unprecedented look into the fringes of our universe.
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The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) today announced that Arizona State University (ASU) has joined the mission to build the world’s largest telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The project’s partnership with ASU will aid in GMT’s mission of discovery and its quest to answer some of the most fundamental questions of all: where did we come from, and are we alone in the Universe. The GMT will probe the atmospheres of planets around other stars for signs of biochemistry, and will look back to the early universe to understand how the first stars and galaxies formed.
See the full press release available on the GMT website.
ASU’s Dr. Rogier Windhorst will give a public lecture on next generation telescopes, including the JWST and GMT. The lecture will be live-streamed at 1.30pm AEST, 1st Dec 2017: more information is here.
The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) today announced that it has initiated the casting of the fifth of seven mirrors that will form the heart of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The mirror is being cast at the University of Arizona’s Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory, the facility known for creating the world’s largest mirrors for astronomy. The 25-meter diameter GMT will be sited in the Chilean Andes and will be used to study planets around other stars and to look back to the time when the first galaxies formed. The process of “casting” the giant mirror involves melting nearly 20 tons of glass in a spinning furnace. Once cooled, the glass disk will be polished to its final shape using state-of-the-art technology developed by the University of Arizona.
The full mirror-casting press release from the GMTO can be found here:
Australia is a 10% partner in the GMTO, through AAL and the Australian National University.
Applications close on Friday 24th of November 5 PM AEDT
On behalf of the Australian Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Consortium, Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) is inviting applications from suitably qualified Australian-based astronomers to represent Australia on the MWA Board.
Australia currently has four positions on the MWA Board, one of which is intended to be filled through this open call for nominations. The successful applicant will be expected to work with the Australian MWA Partners and AAL to understand Australian perspectives on, and represent Australian interests in, the MWA project.
The term of this appointment is 1 year, commencing December 2017, with the possibility of renewal. The MWA Board meets twice per year in person, usually once in Australia and once overseas, with regular teleconferences in between. AAL will fund travel expenses associated with attending MWA Board meetings. The next meeting of the MWA Board will be held on 12th December 2017 in Sydney. Applicants are encouraged to be available to participate in this meeting in person.
If you consider yourself well placed to contribute to the MWA Board via your expertise, ideas, and experience, please email AAL with a maximum three page application with:
AAL is committed to equity and diversity and encourages applications from everyone with the appropriate expertise and skills.
Applications close on Friday 24th of November 5 PM AEDT. Late applications will not be accepted.
Applications will be evaluated by a panel comprising members of the Australian MWA Consortium and chaired by an AAL representative. This panel will nominate a candidate for appointment to the MWA Board, with the nomination to be ratified by the Australian MWA partners. Queries can be made to James Murray, AAL Senior Program Manager, or Randall Wayth, MWA Director.
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AAL seeks applications for a new committee to govern the allocation of resources on behalf of Astronomy Data and Computing Services. Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) is a national initiative created by Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) for the benefit of all Australian-based astronomers. The over-riding goal of ADACS is to provide astronomy-focused training, support and expertise to allow astronomers to maximise the scientific return from data and computing infrastructure.
The deadline for applications is Friday 10th November 2017 at 4pm AEST.
AAL expects the committee’s collective expertise to span the breadth of astrophysics, computational techniques and data science areas. AAL is particularly interested in applications from people who have recognised expertise in a relevant area of astrophysics or data science:- demonstrated through publication, awards and/or software.
If you consider yourself well placed to contribute to this committee via your expertise and ideas, and share AAL’s vision of wanting Australian astronomers to have access to the best research infrastructure, please email email@example.com with a two A4 page application with:
For more information please click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESO, working with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, has confirmed Australia's astronomer appointments, for the next three years, to the ESO Council (EC), Scientific Technical Committee (STC) and Users' Committee (UC). AAL congratulates the successful candidates:
EC: Matthew Colless
STC: Michael Ireland
UC: Caroline Foster
ESO was spoilt with a range of candidates exhibiting excellent scientific and technical competence relevant to the ESO mission. The successful appointees complement the skills currently represented on those governing bodies.
ADACS is pleased to announce two training workshops this November, now open for registration.
Introduction to computing and data science for astronomers
13 - 15 November at Curtin University, Perth.
For more information please visit the workshop webpage or contact Rebecca Lange.
Introduction to high performance computing (HPC) for astronomers
27- 29 November at Swinburne University, Melbourne.
For more information please visit the workshop webpage or contact Lachlan Campbell.
All workshops and events are sponsored by the Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) initiative. ADACS is funded under the Astronomy National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Program via Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL).
The Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation call for proposals for Q1-Q2 2018 is now open.
** The current call for proposals closes at 5 pm (AEDT) Tuesday 21st November 2017. **
The following resources are available within this call (from 1st January 2018 to 30th June 2018):
Please email your completed application forms to email@example.com by the proposal due date:
The proposal form can be found on the ASTAC website (Please note that this call is using an updated proposal form):