Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

Contributed Papers

The International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) as a Variability Time Machine

Joël Poelsa1, Ermanno Borraa2, Paul Hicksona3, Ram Sagara4, Przemyslaw Bartczaka5, Ludovic Delchambrea1, François Fineta1, Serge Habrakena1, Jean-Pierre Swingsa1 and Jean Surdeja1

a1 AEOS, University of Liège, B-4000, Sart Tilman, Belgium email: poels@astro.ulg.ac.be

a2 Dept. of Physics, Laval University, Canada

a3 Dept of Physics and Astronomy, UBC, Canada

a4 Dept of Astronomy, ARIES, Nainital, India

a5 Dept of Astronomy of A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

Abstract

During the year 2012 the International Liquid Mirror Telescope (a collaboration between astronomical institutions in Belgium, Canada, India and Poland) wil see first light. The instrument will provide substantial, in-depth sky coverage and make an unprecedented number of nightly observations.