In October of 2012, Boston University signed an agreement to become a permanent partner with Lowell Observatory to operate the new Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT). The arrangement provides Boston University astronomers with guaranteed observing time on this world-class scientific facility. The Department of Astronomy will administer Boston University’s role in the DCT, which represents a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and the College of Communications. The DCT is a reflecting telescope with a diameter of 4.3 meters, located at Happy Jack, Arizona, on National Forest Service land. The dark site, which, in combination with the large light- collecting area of the telescope, will allow ultra-high-sensitivity observations of faint cosmic objects such as distant stars and galaxies.
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