Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) Hanle
Located at Hanle, the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) (near Leh in Ladakh) is becoming one of the globally promising observatory sites, reveals a recent study.
According to the Department of Science and Technology, this is due to its advantages of:
- Clear nights
- Minimal light pollution
- Background aerosol concentration
- Extremely dry atmospheric condition
- Uninterrupted monsoon
The research analysed Eight observatories
- Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) in Hanle, Merak (Ladakh) and Devasthal (Nainital) in India,
- Ali Observatory in the Tibet Autonomous Region in China
- South African Large Telescope in South Africa
- University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory
- Paranal in Chile
- National Astronomical Observatory in Mexico.
Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO)
- Stands on Mt. Saraswati, Digpa-ratsa Ri, Hanle near Leh in Ladakh.
- It has one of the world's highest located sites for optical, infrared and gamma-ray telescopes.
- It is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore.
- The Observatory has two active telescopes:
- 2.01 meter optical-infrared Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT)
- High Altitude Gamma Ray Telescope (HAGAR).