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China to install five Antarctic telescopes

(Xinhua)

15:42, November 25, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

In the next five years, China will install five astronomical telescopes in the Antarctic areas to conduct research mainly on supernova cosmology, cosmic dark matter, the formation of extra solar planets and fixed stars.

On Dec. 24, 2006, the Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy was established at the Purple Mountain Observatory of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Since 2007, Chinese astronomers have been to the Antarctic and reached Dome A for scientific investigation, platform installation, astronomical observation and many other activities with the Chinese Antarctic scientific expedition team.

Wang Lifan, director of the Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy, said that so far the center had accumulated a wealth of low-temperature work experience in the polar region after several years of foundational work.

The center has proposed a number of telescope programs dedicated Antarctic astronomical observation based on these experiences. At present, some of these programs have been implemented, and some will be established soon.

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