The Magellan Telescopes are two 6.5m 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.
|Named after||Walter Baade, Landon T. Clay|
|Part of||Las Campanas Observatory|
|Organization||Carnegie Institution for Science|
|Altitude||2,516 m (8,255 ft)|
|First light||15 September 2000, 7 September 2002|
|Telescope style||Gregorian telescope|
|Number of telescopes||2|
|Diameter||6.5 m (21 ft 4 in)|
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.
- Low Mass Companions for Five Solar-Type Stars from the Magellan Planet Search Program, Dante Minniti et al., 2008.
- Five Long-period Extrasolar Planets in Eccentric orbits from the Magellan Planet Search Program, Pamela Arriagada, et al., 2010.