Magellan Telescopes

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Magellan Telescopes
Named afterWalter Baade, Landon T. Clay Edit this on Wikidata
Part ofLas Campanas Observatory Edit this on Wikidata
Location(s)Chile Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates29°00′54″S 70°41′30″W / 29.015°S 70.6917°W / -29.015; -70.6917Coordinates: 29°00′54″S 70°41′30″W / 29.015°S 70.6917°W / -29.015; -70.6917 Edit this at Wikidata
OrganizationCarnegie Institution for Science Edit this on Wikidata
Altitude2,516 m (8,255 ft) Edit this at Wikidata
First light15 September 2000, 7 September 2002 Edit this on Wikidata
Telescope styleGregorian telescope
optical telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Number of telescopesEdit this on Wikidata
Diameter6.5 m (21 ft 4 in) Edit this at Wikidata
Magellan Telescopes is located in Chile
Magellan Telescopes
Location of Magellan Telescopes

The Magellan Telescopes are two 6.5 meter diameter optical telescopes at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The two were named after the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. Each telescope is also named; the Baade after astronomer Walter Baade, and the Clay after the philanthropist Landon T. Clay.

First light for the telescopes was on September 15, 2000 for the Baade, and September 7, 2002 for the Clay.

The Carnegie Institution for Science, University of Arizona, Harvard University, University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology worked together to build and operate the twin telescopes.

The Magellan Planet Search Program is looking for planets using a spectrograph mounted on the 6.5m Magellan II (Clay) telescope.[1][2]

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