[ASC-media] Largest telescope in Australia turns 35 on Friday
Helen.Sim at csiro.au
Wed Oct 14 06:01:30 CEST 2009
On Friday 16 October the Anglo-Australian Telescope - the largest
telescope in Australia, and one of the most productive in the world -
will celebrate its 35th birthday.
The 3.9-m Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) at Siding Spring
Observatory in NSW lies 25 km from the town of Coonabarabran.
It was inaugurated on 16 October 1974 by HRH Prince Charles and the
then Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam.
Thanks to ongoing technical innovations, the AAT remains one of the
world's most productive telescopes. It is the first-ranked 4-metre
telescope in the world, in both productivity and impact, achieving
more than twice as many citations as its nearest competitor. Among
optical telescopes of any size, on the ground or in space, the AAT is
ranked fifth in productivity and impact.
Full details and links: www.aao.gov.au/press/aat_35yrs/
Public Relations and Media Liaison
CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility (email: Helen.Sim at csiro.au)
Anglo-Australian Observatory (email: hsim at aao.gov.au)
Single Point of Contact (SPOC) in Australia for the 2009
International Year of Astronomy
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