Discovery Channel Telescope: ‘First Light’ Photos
July 21, 2012 — The Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory, near Flagstaff, Ariz., is complete and has begun observing the cosmos with its 16-million-pixel camera. This camera is a close relative to the NSF-funded 36-million-pixel Large Monolithic Imager (LMI) that is now undergoing advanced testing and will soon be the primary imager for the DCT.
In this first light observation by the DCT, the barred spiral galaxy M109 has been imaged. M109 is around 84 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major.
Greetings from Kitt Peak!
Sorry for the slowdown in posts in recent days, dear followers. I’m in the middle of an observing run at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, USA. Good weather and long nights have meant a very productive trip, scientifically, but I’ve not had much of a chance to update the blog. Headed back to Austin by the middle of next week and back on more of a normal schedule.
Thanks, as always, for reading!