The Life Story of an Infrared Telescope

  • John K.┬áDavies

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book

Introduction

Written by one of the astronomers who 'lived the dream' of working there this book is a restrospectively expanded diary featuring the 'birth and long life' of what was a truely innovative telescope. Based on input received from people involved in its planning, building, operation, and many scientists who observed with it, the author tells this success story of The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT). Conceived in the mid 1970's as a cheap and cheerful light-bucket for the newly emerging field of infrared astronomy it has re-invented itself once a decade to remain at the forefront of infrared astronomy for more than 30 years. Even in 2012 / 2013, when ironically it faced almost certain closure, it remained one of the most scientifically productive telescopes in the world.

Everybody, including amateur and professional astronomers, interested in real astronomy projects will enjoy reading that story and meet (again) the persons who lived it.


Keywords

21st Century Observational Astronomy Astronomy Diary Beginnings of Infrared Astronomy Life as Astronomer Observational Astronomy in the 1970-1990s Pioneering Telescope UKIRT Diary UKIRT Story Told United Kingdom Infrared Telescope

Authors and affiliations

  • John K.┬áDavies
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  1. 1.Astronomy Technology CentreEdinburghUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23579-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-23578-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-23579-0
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