On Monday February 4, MRO staff traveled to our state’s capital to take part in NMT/Earth Sciences Day at the Roundhouse. As the legislative session was being held, tables representing different departments and research branches of tech sprang up in the halls around the rotunda. Colleen Gino and Shelbi Etscorn with the help of Ifan Payne manned the MRO’s booth and spoke with politicians, New Mexico Tech staff and students, Santa Fe school children, and members of the public who stopped by our vibrant display.
On Sunday June 10th the SPIE Conference for Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation began in Austin, Texas, and ten employees of the MRO went to participate in presentations of a plethora of fascinating and noteworthy material. MRO Principle Investigator Michelle Creech-Eakman, Ph.D. was an important part of the event as she was one of the conference chairs and she was also a session chair for welcome and announcements, sessions 3, 6, and 15, and the wrap-ups and community discussions. Many employees presented their works either through formal presentation or through their posters where it was easier for them to interact with […]
The Unit Telescope Enclosure(UTE) is coming along, as we are about to top everything with the Dome (part pictured above)! Today pieces of the dome where unpacked and have been moved into position for assembly. We are expecting to have the dome built outside where it will then be placed onto the UTE walls. Following the Dome attachment the Shutter will be added to the UTE. Thus begins the final stages of the building process where electronic components get added, various tubes and wires get connected, and final tests are done. Once Tests on the UTE are completed both the […]
Arival of New Materials Touchdown of Materials Unpacking Today officially marks the start of the MROI’s major growth period to a completed and ready Interferometer. Starting today with the touchdown of the first parts of the Unit Telescope Enclosure (UTE) the MRO should be hustling and bustling till the dome is built, telescope is integrated, and everything is connected. We here at the MROI are excited to have things start to pick up and for the big spike in progress to come. We would like to thank you as supporters and observers for your support and encouragement through the years. […]
Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer to Experience First Light Next Tuesday The first of ten telescopes that will make up the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) will experience first light on the evening of Tuesday, November 29th. The MROI First Light event will be streamed live on the Magdalena Ridge Observatory website, www.mro.nmt.edu, starting at 7:30 Mountain Time on Tuesday, November 29th. The MROI is an optical interferometer with an array of ten 1.4-meter diameter telescopes spread out across the mountaintop in a Y configuration, and the light from all ten telescopes can be combined to observe objects in the sky […]