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China to install large telescope in Antarctic

(Jiefang Daily)

16:16, September 27, 2011

Edited and Translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

According to information from the China Symposium on Polar Science 2011, the Antarctic Schmidt Telescope 3 (AST3) will be carried to the top of the Antarctic ice sheet during the 28th Antarctic Scientific Expedition to do astronomical observations of extra-solar planets and supernova stars.

The Antarctic Astronomy Center of China plans to build a telescope array formed by three AST3 near Kunlun Antarctic Station of China, which is built close to Dome-A, the highest point on the Antarctic Inland Ice Sheet.

The first "Antarctic Survey Telescope" will utilize remote and dispatch controls. Observation data will be stored on site and some of it will be transmitted to China in real time.

Dome-A Area, with its superior astronomical observation environment, can provide unprecedented development opportunities for China's astronomical research. At present China has installed the Chinese Small Telescope Array (CSTAR), a Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) as well as PLATO. With the help of AST3, China is expected to achieve more significant observation milestones in many current topics, such as supernova stars, extra-solar planets and transient source.

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