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LZT (Large Zenith Telescope)
British Columbia

The Large Zenith Telescope project began in 1994, as a collaboration began between scientists at UBC, Laval University and the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. The aim was to develop a zenith-pointing telescope employing a rotating liquid-metal primary mirror of at least 5-meters diameter, with which to conduct astronomical surveys. The principal scientific goals of the project are to measure spectral energy distributions and redshifts of over 100,000 galaxies and quasars, and to detect distant supernovae. These observations will allow us to study cosmology, the large-scale structure of the universe, and the evolution of galaxies.

Aperture: 6 meters   Latitude: 49 28 N
First light: 2004 Longitude: 122 57 W
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Elevation: 395 meters