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gamma-ray burst
August 21, 2014

On October 6-8, 2014, the Smithsonian Institution and the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization will host a three-day conference to improve our understanding of time-domain astrophysics and explosive phenomena.

August 12, 2014

Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum.

Giant Magellan Telescope
July 31, 2014

More than a decade after competing groups set out to raise money for gargantuan telescopes that could study planets around distant stars and tune into the birth of galaxies at the dawn of time, shovels, pickaxes and more sophisticated tools are now about to go to work on mountaintops in Hawaii and Chile.