Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Best Place for Astronomy

An International team has set up a fully robotic astronomical observatory at Dome Argus, which at 13,400 feet above sea level is the highest point on the East Antarctic plateau.Just 700 miles from the South Pole, the site is very cold and at times exceptionally dark.It has very dry, calm air as well as nights that are four months long.Dome Argus is said to be the best place on earth for astronomical observations.

Lifan Wong,director of Chinese Center for Antarctic Astronomy, says that "it is possible to achieve near-space-quality images at a much lower cost than launching a telescope into the space."