World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Mont Mégantic Observatory

Article Id: WHEBN0006301946
Reproduction Date:

Title: Mont Mégantic Observatory  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Dark-sky preserve, Compton County, Quebec, Astronomical observatories in Canada, List of museums in Quebec, La Patrie, Quebec
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Mont Mégantic Observatory

Mont Mégantic Observatory
Dome of OMM's 1.6 m telescope
Organization UdeM, ULaval, and McGill
Code 301  
Location Mont Mégantic, Québec
Altitude 1,111 metres (3,645 ft)
Established 1978 (1978)
Website Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic
unnamed telescope 1.6 m reflector

The Mont Mégantic Observatory (French: Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic; OMM) is an astronomical observatory owned and operated jointly by the Université de Montréal (UdeM), the Université Laval (ULaval), and McGill University. Founded in 1978, the observatory houses the second largest telescope in Eastern Canada after David Dunlap Observatory near Toronto.[1] It is situated at the summit of Mont Mégantic, the highest point of Eastern Canada accessible by car. OMM is about 60 kilometres (37 mi) east of Sherbrooke and 190 kilometres (120 mi) east of Montréal.

The asteroid 4843 Mégantic is named for the observatory.


  • Telescope 1
  • Light pollution 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The 1.6 meter telescope inside Mont Mégantic Observatory

The 1.6 metres (63 in) Ritchey-Chrétien telescope is equipped with a complement of modern instruments. Imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry are routinely conducted at both visible and infrared wavelengths.[2]

Light pollution

Efforts to control local light pollution, about one-quarter of which is due to the nearby city of Sherbrooke, have led to the establishment of the world's first International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Dark Sky preserve around the observatory, covering some 5500 square km (2123 square miles).[3]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^

External links

  • Homepage of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic
  • Mont Mégantic Observatory Clear Sky Clock Forecasts of observing conditions.
  • Astrolab du parc national du Mont-Mégantic Information about visiting the ASTROlab during the day.
  • 360 interactive panorama featuring Mont Mégantic Observatory
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.