Arizona’s oldest observatory has published its first scientific results from its newest telescope.
The Discovery Channel Telescope, built by Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory and Discovery Communications is a 4.3-meter telescope, located about 40 miles southeast of Flagstaff at a cinder cone called Happy Jack.
Its first refereed and published paper resulted from observations of Comet 10-P/Tempel2 done earlier this year by astronomers Dave Schleicher and Matthew Knight, aided by the telescope’s commissioning scientist Stephen Levine.
The Discovery Channel scope is the largest ever built by Lowell Observatory, which was founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell.
Its historic dome, on Mars Hill just above downtown Flagstaff, is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions.