CMA Presents "A Sharper View of Cosmic History with the Thirty Meter Telescope"
Giant ground-based telescopes continue to play the dominant role in furthering our understanding of our place in this surprising universe. Pasadena has been at the center of large-telescope astronomy for nearly a century, and Caltech's latest endeavor in this regard is the Thirty Meter Telescope, an ambitious successor to the Hale 200-inch and twin Keck 10-meter reflectors. Professor Ellis will describe the science motivation, technical challenges, and political hurdles associated with this major effort now fully under way at Caltech.
Richard Ellis is the Steele Family Professor of Astronomy and Director of Caltech Optical Observatories. A Welshman by birth, he moved to Caltech from Cambridge University in 1999. He spends almost all his time planning, using, and worrying about large telescopes.
This free event is open to members of the Caltech Campus and JPL communities.