Accession A2017-0016 - University of Toronto. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

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UTA 0031-A2017-0016


University of Toronto. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics


  • 1971-1996 (Creation)

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0.26 m (2 boxes) of textual records

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The Las Campanas Observatory was also known as the Canadian Telescope in Chile. The University of Toronto Canadian Telescope was inaugurated on Las Campanas, Chile in 1974. University of Toronto astronomers, Robert Garrison, Rene Racine, and Sidney Venderberg, were responsible for developing and implementing the project. Through the cooperation of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the University of Toronto was able to make arrangements to share the site. In addition to a dome that houses the U. of T telescope, the University build Casa Canadiense, a small residence / operation centre. The telescope was made possible through the National Research Council of Canada. The dome and residence were financed from the C.A. Chant bequest to the David Dunlop Observatory. Las Campanas has provided much research material to astronomers; while on the mountain in 1987, Ian Shelton discovered the Supernova 1987A. Due to rising costs and decreased funding, the University closed the Las Campanas operation in 1997 and the Department of Astronomy shipped the telescope to Argentina, where it remains today on permanent loan.

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Ten General Diaries for the 24" telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, University of Toronto Southern Observatory in Chile.

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Restricted ; Subject to review under "Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act"

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