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Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley Speaker Series Presents: Steve Gunnels

  • Cliff Lanes Community Room 25 Main St Westcliffe, CO 81252 (map)

Join us for our next speaker, Steve Gunnels, in our ongoing Speaker Series, serving to broaden access to intriguing and interesting speakers for the Wet Mountain Valley. Steve Gunnels is a design engineer with 46 years experience designing large custom machines and structures, with over three decades of experience working with large ground-based optical telescopes and instruments.

His talk will be focused on large optical telescopes, including the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), a next generation of giant ground based telescopes that "promises to revolutionize our view and understanding of the universe." The GMT will comprise seven of today's largest monolith mirrors, forming a single optical surface of 80 feet in diameter, with a resolving power 10 times greater than the Hubble Space Telescope.

Who: Steve Gunnels of Paragon Engineering: "The Giant Magellan Telescope & Large Optical Telescopes"

What: Presentation discussing large optical telescopes and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project, including special six minute movie "Full Concept Animation of the GMT". Talk will also cover: What does a large ground telescope do, how does it work? What is the most fundamental thing a telescope does? What is so impressive about large ground based optical telescopes?

When: Friday, November 8, 6:30pm

Where: Cliff Lanes Community Room located at 25 Main St Westcliffe, CO.

Cost: This event is free and open to the public.

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