[ASC-media] Largest telescope in Australia turns 35 on Friday

Helen Sim 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/

Helen Sim
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

Tel: +61-2-9372-4251
Mob: +61-419-635-905

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