their atmospheres, and search
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The science case, technical requirements, and status of the Giant Magellan Telescope have evolved over the course of the project to reflect new discoveries and scientific priorities. The foundational documents and status papers listed below are intended for scientists and engineers to learn more about the Giant Magellan Telescope.
The Giant Magellan Telescope Science Book describes the transformative impact that the ground-based telescope will have on areas spanning observational astrophysics — from exoplanet discovery and characterization to the formation of stars, galaxies, and black holes in the universe. It outlines the telescope’s unique design and capabilities, including the first-generation instrument suite that has been chosen to maximize scientific impact during early operations.
Check the 2012 Science Book:
Giant Magellan Telescope Scientific Promise and Opportunities
In 2014, the Giant Magellan Telescope project successfully passed its System Level Preliminary Design Review. The project was reviewed by an international panel of experts involved with building telescopes around the world. The panel examined the design of the giant telescope, its complex optical systems, and precision scientific instruments.
The following documents outline the requirements and capabilities of the Giant Magellan Telescope’s first suite of scientific instruments.