KU Observatory

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Karachi University Observatory (KU Observatory)
Organization Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA)
Location Karachi University, Karachi, Sindh Pakistan
Coordinates
Altitude 15,000 ft
Established 1995
Telescopes
KU Observatory X-ray telescope
KU Observatory Gamma Ray Telescope

The K.U. Observatory or Karachi University Observatory is located in the campus area of Karachi University. The KU space observatory is operated by the Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics and stands majestically, 15,000 feet atop a hill and surprisingly, was built to last.[1][2] The space observatory was last built in 1995 as a part of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The KU Observatory can resist all seismological challenges as its pillars go 15 feet deep into the ground.[3][4] The telescope has a motor that keeps pace with the movement of the earth making any object under view always visible without any readjustments.

Important observations[edit]

In 1976 an observation of comet Wardell-76a was first made. The comet has an orbital period of over 20,000 years. Initial measurements indicated that there is no chance of a collision with the earth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jamal, Meera (June 29, 2007), The Pathetic State of KU’s Observatory!, retrieved 2007 
  2. ^ Jamal, Meera (June 25, 2007), "Karachi: Observatory low on govt’s list of priorities", Dawn News, retrieved 2007 
  3. ^ http://javeria.wordpress.com/2007/06/29/the-pathetic-state-of-kus-observatory/
  4. ^ http://www.dawn.com/2007/06/25/local18.htm

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