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Stargazing in Antarctica


Scientists at the University of New South Wales last weekend began an 8000 mile journey with an observatory built at the University to test an interesting hypothesis. The hypothesis is that because of the unique conditons at Antarctica, it is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

The Plateau Observatory (Plato) shall travel from New South Wales to the Australian Antarctic Territory with amongst other things, an acoustic radar called a snodar, and a fibre-optic spectrometer called Nigel. The Observatory will then send back the salient information to researcher at the University of New South Wales via satellite.

It is expected that the Observatory will be able to look into space 10 times further than the Hubble telescope currently orbiting our planet. Click here for the full story.

Posted by Tim Fright on November 28, 2007 5:19 PM