Spiral Galaxy from Discovery Channel Telescope
/ July 24, 2012
The Discovery Channel Telescope, located 40 miles southeast of Flagstaff at the Lowell Observatory's Happy Jack site, took its first photos in April and May -- of the barred spiral galaxy M109, which is approximately 83.5 ± 24 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The photos, one of which is shown above, were revealed on Saturday July 21 at the observatory's First Light Gala.
The $53 million telescope is seven stories tall and aims to "push the frontier of knowledge and bring the marvels of the cosmos to millions." It will be Lowell Observatory's flagship telescope.