India has commissioned a unique liquid mirror telescope atop in the Himalayan region that will help identify transient or variable objects such as space debris, asteroids, supernovae and gravitational lenses. It is the country’s first and Asia’s largest liquid-mirror telescope. The telescope will help in surveying the sky, making it possible to observe several galaxies and other astronomical sources just by staring at the strip of sky that passes overhead. It is located at an altitude of 2,450 metres at the Devasthal Observatory campus of Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciencesin Nainital district.
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