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satellite 2016
  • Preparations

    MMTAO staff have begun stripping the coating from the big satellite mirror. The process is the begining of the realuminization, which will take a few weeks. Staff use a variety of cleaning agents to strip the aluminum coating from the dish. Eventually, only a small portion of the coating was left, which exposed the honeycomb structure behind the the glass.

  • Observation Schedule

    The Observation Schedule for September-December MMTA observatory and program titles has been set.

  • The SHELS (Smithsonian Hectospec Lensing Survey) is a complete galaxy redshift survey covering two fields. The first field, available here, was recently published by astrophysicist Margaret Geller (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). It includes over 9000 new galaxy redshifts obtained with the Hectospec instrument on the MMT. The two well-separated fields provide an amazing database for future studies of galaxy properties and the large-scale structure of the Universe.
  • Introduction Video