Timeline of Telescopes, Observatories, and Observing Technology - Common Era (A.D.) - 1900s - 1980s


  • 1980 - Completion of construction of the VLA, located in Socorro, New Mexico
  • 1983 - Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) telescope
  • 1984 - IRAM 30-m telescope at Pico Veleta near Granada, Spain completed
  • 1987 - 15-m James Clerk Maxwell Telescope UK submillimetre telescope installed at Mauna Kea Observatory
  • 1987 - 5-m Swedish-ESO Submillimetre Telescope (SEST) installed at the ESO La Silla Observatory
  • 1988 - Australia Telescope Compact Array aperture synthesis radio telescope begins operation, located near Narrabri, Australia
  • 1989 - Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite

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