A thousand words by Liz Clarkson

A man in a high-vis vest measuring with a ruler
Mal Poulton working on the GMT restoration project

Photographer Liz Clarkson visited our restoration workshop this month to photograph the team and research an article for the online publication The Northsider. Here is a link to her article about the project, called “First Light & Dark Matter”.

Technically though, our telescope saw “first light” in the Northern Hemisphere when it was being first commissioned and tested at the workshop of its maker, Thomas Grubb, in Dublin in 1868. It’s “first light” in the Southern Hemisphere was in 1869 at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.