Himalayan Chandra Telescope
Workshop to mark 20 years of Himalayan Chandra Telescope to highlight the science it produced.
• It is situated in the cold, dry desert of Ladakh, 4500 meters above the mean sea level, at the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO).
• The telescope remotely operated using a dedicated satellite communication link from the Centre for Research & Education in Science & Technology (CREST), Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore.
For two decades, the 2-m diameter optical-infrared Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT) has been scanning the night sky in search of stellar explosions, comets, asteroids, and exo-planets.
To mark the 20 years of the first light event of the 2m HCT, IIA, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has organized a two-day online science workshop during September 29-30, 2020.
The workshop highlighted the science that the telescope has produced since the commissioning and the future of IAO.
The area of research covers a wide range of topics, from solar system objects to cosmology.
Some of the thrust research areas are study of solar system bodies like; comets, asteroids, the study of star formation processes and young stellar objects, study of open and globular clusters and variable stars in them, abundance analysis of elements in the atmosphere of evolved stars, star formation in external galaxies, Active Galactic Nuclei, stellar explosions like novae, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and so on.
The telescope has been used in many coordinated international campaigns to monitor stellar explosions, comets, and exo-planets, and has contributed significantly to these studies.