Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

DOMINION ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY on Little Saanich Mt north of VICTORIA was established in 1918 by the federal government. Its 1.85-m telescope was the largest in the world at that time and was used to collect important data about the Milky Way. A 1.2-m telescope was added in 1962. The first director of the observatory was J.S. PLASKETT. The telescopes are used for research on binary stars, star clusters, quasars, black holes and dark matter in the universe. The federal government also...

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