September 3, 2012 14:24
Chinese astronomers sent to Antarctica to search for Earth-inhabited planets.
The first Sino-Australian Telescope AST3-1 in Antarctica has a resolution 5280 × 10560 pixels. It can be the beginning of a major program "astronomical development" of Antarctica and will help in the search for habitable exoplanets.
It is now set to the first of three Antarctic research telescopes at Dome Argus plateau, located on the highest point of the Antarctic continent. However, to control the tool by satellite and automation, which limits the scope.
In this regard, China is planning to send the following spring in Antarctica people who can do the search of habitable planets directly from the Antarctic observatory. Subsequently, the mission will be extended, since Antarctica has the best conditions in the world for astronomical observations. First of all, there is a very smooth surface, clear atmosphere and a small amount of turbulence. Ground-based telescopes in this region of the world can gather a lot of price information.
Chinese scientists hope to find at least 10 Earth-like planets. According to director of the China Center for Antarctic Astronomy, Wang Lifang, it is possible, even considering that such planets may be located thousands of light years from Earth.