Discovery Telescope Scientist Stephen Levine

I will trace the journey from a construction project to a functional scientific facility of the Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT), Lowell Observatory’s new 4.3-meter telescope located south of Flagstaff, AZ. I’ll pay special attention to the active optics system of the DCT, why it is so critical for getting good data, and what it took to get it working properly.

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Telescopes, bottle rockets, Mentos geysers, gyroscopes and the space rover Curiosity are all part of the Aldrich Astronomical Society’s Starfest.

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