The site of The Discovery Channel Telescope
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Entertainment, Science.

The Discovery Channel’s awesome new $53M telescope has finally opened its “eye” – and its first shots are gorgeous.

More than nine years in the making, it is now the continental U.S.’s fifth largest eye on the sky and was created in partnership between Discovery Communications and Lowell Observatory.

The 14-foot telescope and its housing are at a dark sky site in the 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest near Happy Jack, Arizona. The project sits at an elevation of 7,760 feet.

“The Discovery Channel Telescope is emblematic of our mission to ignite curiosity and stir the imagination of audiences here and around the globe,” said John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of Discovery Communications; who also donated $6M of his own money towards the project.

The first photos from the project, taken in April and May of this year, were revealed last weekend at the First Light Gala celebrating the telescope’s launch. The photos, below, include M104, “The Sombrero Galaxy,” the barred spiral galaxy M109, and M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy.

To learn more about the project, check out the official site here. The Discovery Channel is planning on airing a special on the new telescope this September.

Discovery Channel Telescope captures the Sombrero Galaxy

Discovery Channel Telescope snaps the M109 Galaxy

The Discovery Channel Telescope captures The Whirlpool Galaxy

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mooseskinner Shane White

    Funny…when the government made Hubble, it cost them 2.4 billion, not 53 million.

    • http://newscubamarketing.com Nick @ SCUBAMarketing

      Hubble is in space, this is on the ground, big difference.

  • http://ecovegangal.com/ Eco-Vegan Gal

    wow, fantastic!