The Large Binocular Telescope:

20 Years of Innovation and Discovery


Tucson, April 13, 2024

The year 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Large Binocular Telescope. With its two mirrors on a common mount, yielding light collecting area equivalent to a single 11.8m-diameter aperture and resolution provided by a 22.8m edge-to-edge baseline, the LBT remains one of the most powerful optical/infrared telescopes in the world. The LBT has been a leader in advancing observational technology reflected in telescope design, adaptive optics capability, and instrumentation. With these attributes, the LBT is advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge in areas including supernovae, galaxy evolution, extrasolar planets, and more.

To mark the two-decade anniversary, the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory is hosting a half-day event to celebrate and discuss the telescope’s impact on innovation and discovery – past, present, and future.

Date: Saturday April 13, 2024, 1-5 pm followed by a reception. The 20th anniversary celebration follows immediately after the LBTO Science Conference on Direct Imaging and Characterization of Exoplanets in the ELT Era.

Venue: Steward Observatory Room N210, 933 N. Cherry Ave, on the University of Arizona campus

Participation in the 20th anniversary event is free and open to the public.