The Liverpool Telescope (LT) is a professional, robotically controlled telescope for astronomical research and education.
The moving structure of the LT is 8.5 metres tall, 6.5 metres wide and weighs around 24 metric tonnes. This is built around a 2 metre diameter mirror designed to collect and direct light towards a set of instruments. The telescope is protected from the elements by a shelter, or telescope dome, that works like a clam shell.
Unlike most telescopes, the LT is capable of observing without any human intervention. After sunset, the telescope systems look at the weather conditions, and if suitable, the telescope will open up and start working its way efficiently through the list of observations sent to it during the daytime.
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The telescope was conceived, funded, designed and built in Merseyside by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), but due to the inclement weather in the UK, it is located on a small volcanic island off the coast of Africa.