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SkyMapper Telescope: open source powered astronomy

Jun 15, 2009, 15:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Lohman)

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"The story begins back in 2003 when the Great Melbourne Telescope was destroyed during the bush fires of January that year.

"From the ashes rose the SkyMapper observatory, based in the Siding Spring Observatory at the safer central-west NSW location of Coonabarabran and tasked with scanning the night skies to create the Southern Sky Survey.

"A deep digital map of the southern sky, the Southern Sky Survey -- with a little help from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) National Facility -- will allow astronomers to study interstellar objects ranging from nearby asteroids to super-distant objects like quasars. "

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