United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT)

The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope is a 3.8m telescope located near the summit of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on Hawaii.

Completed in 1979, the instrument is dedicated to observing the sky in the infrared part of the spectrum and has been used to study the formation of stars in the Milky Way. In 2000, scientists using the telescope published data which showed the presence of free-floating planets in the Orion Nebula.

Image: The UK Infrared Telescope (credit: UKIRT/JAC)

Watch and listen to clips from past programmes TV clips [4] Radio Programmes [1]



UKIRT observes the infrared sky.


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