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  • 2017/2/3
  • New Planet Imaging Devices On Mauna Kea Reveal Pictures
  • Announcements from Keck and Subaru reveal images with new planet imaging devices, and envision similar applications for the Thirty Meter Telescope.

  • 2016/11/30
  • Astronomers in Japan observe transit of Earth-like extra-solar planet
  • In an important step towards the search for extra-terrestrial life using the next generation telescopes such as TMT, astronomers in Japan have observed the transit of a potentially habitable Earth-like extra-solar planet.

  • 2016/11/14
  • TMT Robot Receives Stellar Design Award
  • A Segment-Handling Robot developed in Japan for the Thirty Meter Telescope has received the 2016 Good Design Award. “Japan is proud to be a global partner in building TMT,” said Masanori Iye, TMT Japan representative, and professor emeritus of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. “This groundbreaking project is only made possible through the teamwork involved by the various countries.”

  • 2016/11/11
  • UTSA and Japan Enter Galaxy-wide Collaboration
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) signed an agreement to collaborate in all aspects of astronomy, including the possible construction of instruments for the TMT.

  • 2016/11/3
  • Reflection of October Maunakea Skies with Dr. Masanori Iye
  • Maunake Skies on Oct. 21 is reported on the Imiloa Blog. On that night, Dr. Masanori Iye gave a talk titled "Scientific and Engineering Challenges of the Thirty Meter Telescope: A Perspective from Japan". A short movie of the talk by Dr. Iye catches his warm personality.

  • 2016/10/20
  • ‘TMT: A Perspective from Japan’: ‘Imiloa hosting presentation about project’s challenges
  • Masanori Iye, TMT-Japan representative, will speak on “Scientific and Engineering Challenges of the Thirty Meter Telescope: A Perspective from Japan.”

  • 2016/9/29
  • Good Design Best 100 : Segment-Handling Robot For Large Telescope
  • Segment-Handling Robot for TMT, which has been developed by Mitsubishi Electric, was awarded the 2016 Good Design Award. It is the world first segment handling robot, designed to replace numerous segment mirrors for the next generation extremely large telescope safely and efficiently to maintain perfectly reflective mirrors.

  • 2016/2/23
  • Thirty Meter Telescope Project Is Stalled, but the Robot Needed to Build It Is Ready
  • Mitsubishi Electric, which has developed the main structure of TMT, announced the completion of a prototype robot for a segmented-handling system (SHS) to install and replace the mirror segments. “Our original design and use of a force-control algorithm helps to reduce the time needed to replace the segment mirrors by 60 percent compared to conventional designs,”said Tomonori Sato, senior manager of Mitsubishi Electric's Autonomous Control Systems Development Project Group.

  • 2016/2/11
  • From the Subaru Telescope to TMT
  • The Subaru Telescope has made a number of findings about the universe, and at the same time has presented us with many new questions. We have a boundless curiosity to peer into the unknown, and this pure desire to know more has driven us to reach even higher and build a new larger telescope. Dr. Nobunari Kashikawa introduces the TMT in this article.

  • 2015/11/13
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • Development and production of glass segments in Japan was reported in the NEWSLINE of NHK World. The glass segments will eventually compose the thirty meter primary mirror. "This glass is the highest quality in the world. It will help us to build the best possible telescope." said Tomonori Usuda, Professor of NAOJ.

  • 2015/11/2
  • TMT Mirror Work Continues in Japan
  • Glass segments that makeup the telescope’s primary mirror are being produced in Japan. Over 100 of the 574 segmented mirror banks have already completed for the 30-meter wide primary mirror. “Japan is proud to be part of this ongoing effort in building TMT,” said Masanori Iye, vice-chair of the TMT International Observatory Governing Board and Professor Emeritus of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. “This is an example of how people working cooperatively and sharing ideas can create positive results.”

  • 2015/10/15
  • A Giant Eye to the Sky
  • The optical glass used for TMT's primary mirror was introduced in the NHK World TV program "great gear (Special Report)". The ingredients and special techniques used in its production create a crystalline structure that actively resists expansion. The resulting material has lower thermal expansion than natural quartz or even diamond.

  • 2015/06/23
  • Dark Galaxies: Over 800 Mysterious Objects Spotted In Coma Cluster
  • Scientists have discovered more than 800 "ultra dark galaxies" in the Coma Cluster by looking at observations from the Subaru Telescope. In the future, the construction of Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) could allow scientists to measure the motion of the stars in detail and help solve the mystery of these dark galaxies.

  • 2015/05/18
  • Are we alone in the universe? Not likely, say scientists
  • A recent series of discoveries suggests there may be more Earth-like planets out there than has long been believed. However observing extrasolar planets is extremely difficult, which is likened to being in Tokyo and trying to ascertain the pattern on the wings of a fly perched atop Mount Fuji. The exceptionally high resolution of the Thirty Meter Telescope will give scientists a clearer view of planets and clues to the existence of extraterrestrial life.

  • 2015/01/26
  • Kanagawa lens producer making ‘eye’ for world’s largest telescope
  • Ohara Inc. is supplying 574 mirrors, which will be the “eye” of TMT. Ohara began experiments in 2006 to examine the effects of sharp changes in temperature on glass and created a system for mass producing non-expansion glass in 2012.

  • 2014/11/19
  • Subaru Telescope detects sudden appearance of galaxies in the early universe
  • A team of astronomers using the Subaru Telescope have looked back more than 13 billion years to find 7 early galaxies that appeared quite suddenly within 700 million years of the Big Bang. In the future, collaboration between TMT and the Subaru Telescope will clarify the mystery of how galaxies were born and cosmic reionization occurred in the early universe, as Dr. Masanori Iye, who is a representative of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project of Japan, commented in the article.

  • 2014/11/17
  • CANON Technologies contribute to production of primary mirror used in TMT extremely large telescope
  • To produce the segments, Canon is drawing on its various optical technologies cultivated through the manufactures of lenses and mirrors, namely grinding and polishing technologies, aspherical surface processing technologies, and measureing technologies.

  • 2014/08/21
  • Imprint of primordial monster star found
  • Wako Aoki at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and his colleagues have found the first hint of the existence of very-massive stars among the first generation of stars formed after the Big Bang. Next-generation large telescopes such as the Thirty Meter Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope may even be able to observe the massive-supernova deaths of such stars directly, in ancient light coming from the most distant galaxies.