September 15, 2004
Antarctic Telescope Could Best Hubble For Accuracy

A smaller test telescope already almost equalled Hubble in accuracy.

The images obtained from the astronomy test station at Dome C, 75 south and 3260 metres above sea level, were up to three times sharper and six times brighter than those from the best mid-latitude observatories, including those in Hawaii and Chile. On some nights, the images were almost as good as those from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Some astronomers would like to build a very large telescope at this site. Others would like to build a pair of infrared telescopes at the site and use them to search for planets.

Space is a very expensive place to do anything. Even a land-based telescope in Antarctica could be reached for a small fraction of the cost of a maintenance trip to Hubble. Buidling telescopes at this Antarctic site sounds like a great idea.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2004 September 15 01:41 PM  Space Exploration

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