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Magellan Telescopes
Organization: Carnegie Institution of Washington
Location: Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Wavelength: Optical
Built: First lights September 15, 2000 and September 7, 2002
Diameter: Both 6.5m

The Magellan Telescopes are 6.5m optical telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The two telescopes are named after the astronomer Walter Baade and the philanthropist Landon Clay. The Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW) is a foundation established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 to support scientific research. ... Las Campanas Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Carnegie Institution of Washington. ... The wavelength is the distance between repeating units of a wave pattern. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The metre (American English:meter) is a measure of length. ... The metre (American English:meter) is a measure of length. ... Las Campanas Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Carnegie Institution of Washington. ... Wilhelm Heinrich Walter Baade (March 24, 1893 - June 25, 1960) was a German astronomer who emigrated to the USA in 1931. ... A philanthropist is someone who engages in philanthropy; that is, someone who donates his or her time, money, or reputation to a charitable cause. ...


First light for the telescopes was on September 15, 2000 for the Baade, and September 7, 2002 for the Clay. The first light is the moment when a telescope is first used to take an astronomical image after its construction. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


A collaboration between Carnegie Institution of Washington, Arizona University, Harvard University, The University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology built and operate the twin telescopes. The Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW) is a foundation established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 to support scientific research. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... University of Michigan, Ann Arbor The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U-M or U of M) is a public coeducational university in Michigan, United States. ... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private, coeducational research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ...


See also

The following is a list of the largest optical reflecting telescopes sorted by mirror diameter. ...

External link

  • Magellan Project homepage

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