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Are we alone in the universe?
Since humans first looked to the cosmos, we have wondered if life exists elsewhere in the Universe. Scientists and engineers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian may soon be able to answer that question.
Explore the Giant Magellan Telescope
The Giant Magellan Telescope will be one of the few super giant earth-based telescopes that promises to revolutionize our view and understanding of the universe. It will be constructed at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Commissioning of the telescope is scheduled to begin in 2021.
I’m excited about the GMT's ability to peer back into the earliest ages of our universe, and to explore answers into the origin, nature and qualities of dark matter and dark energy. But my guess is that the GMT's most exciting discoveries are the ones we don't yet know enough to ask about!
Michael Tuteur, Advisory Board Chair
The GMT will open new doors to learning about the true nature of our Universe. Purposefully probing potential environments suitable for life and hopefully spying on alien life itself are incredibly exciting possibilities.
Deepak Raghavan, Advisory Board Member
[The GMT] is the ultimate entrepreneurial adventure. There is so much creation in the project - before we ever get to the telescope, before we ever get to the exoplanets.
Myra Hart, Advisory Board Member
Just the idea that our species will develop the ability to analyze the atmospheric spectrography of planets around stars other than the Sun is mindblowing to me, and who knows what else might be discovered with such a giant telescope in such a perfect spot.
Phil Young, Advisory Board Member
The scale and collaboration necessary to make this project a success is inspiring. It is a monumental effort that has brought different universities and nations together in pursuit of a shared, aspirational goal -- to build this telescope and find life elsewhere in the universe. It takes an army of people who support a project like this to make happen.
Thomas Clay, Advisory Board Member