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Forest Service update on Mt. Hopkins Rd.

Starting on Thursday morning, June 9, the guardrail work on Mt. Hopkins Road will be suspended until further notice and the road will be open normal hours only to staff and Observatory users.  Due to the extremely dry conditions and the potential for fires, the Forest Service is closing Coronado National Forest to the public. 

The FLWO Visitor Center will also be closed to the public until further notice.

Light Pollution

To read a New York Times article on light pollution in Southern Arizona and the effect on the MMT Observatory and other Whipple observatories, click here.

MMT in the news

To read an article from Sky and Telescope magazine about the MMT and other southern Arizona observatories, click here.

VIP Visit

On the evening of March 9th the MMT was visited by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, G. Wayne Clough, the Under Secretary for Science, Eva Pell, and the General Counsel, Judith E. Leonard. Their trip was arranged and hosted by Charles Alcock, the Director of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Amanda Preston, Advancement Officer for CfA.

September - December 2010 Trimonthly Summary Report

The MMT Trimonthly Summary Report for September - December 2010 can be found here.

It can also be viewed, along with other MMT publications, by clicking on the tab, "About the MMT", and looking under "Publications".

Re-aluminization of MMT's Primary Mirror

With much consideration of all factors involved; including but not exclusively, science impact, cost, resources, it has been decided by the MMTO’s Director with input from the MMT Council members that the MMT’s primary mirror will be re-aluminized during the summer of 2012. We will continue to operate with the current coating until summer shutdown 2012 at which time the MMTO will again have an extended shutdown period and a new aluminum coating will be applied to the primary mirror.

Principal Engineer Position

The MMTO is looking for a new Principal Engineer to join us. Details and online application can be found here

2010 Staff Photo ...

Every year we gather at the telescope for our annual staff photograph - unfortunately a good few of us were missing but those who did make it were smiling away! From left-to-right we have: Bryan, Dallan, Dusty, Morag, Ale, Tom T, Grant, Duane, Faith, Tom G, Marilyn, Ben, Barb, Tom O, Brian, Cory & JT. Missing are: Dennis, Marc, John M, Dondi, John D, Mike, & Ricardo.

2010 Aluminization Video

Here is the video from the camera mounted in the window of the vacuum bell jar during the ‘shoot’.