KU Observatory

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Karachi University Observatory (KU Observatory)
OrganizationInstitute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA)
LocationKarachi University, Karachi, Sindh Pakistan
Coordinates24°55′50″N 67°6′55″E / 24.93056°N 67.11528°E / 24.93056; 67.11528
Altitude15,000 ft
KU ObservatoryX-ray telescope
KU ObservatoryGamma Ray Telescope
KU Observatory is located in Pakistan
KU Observatory
Location of Karachi University Observatory (KU Observatory)

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.[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.


  1. ^ Jamal, Meera (June 29, 2007), The Pathetic State of KU’s Observatory!, retrieved 31 December 2009
  2. ^ Jamal, Meera (June 25, 2007), "Karachi: Observatory low on govt's list of priorities", Dawn News, retrieved 31 December 2009
  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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