Astronomers pinpoint the best place on Earth for a telescope: High on a frigid Antarctic plateau

Posted on July 29, 2020 12:43 pm
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An Antarctic plateau could offer the clearest view on Earth of the stars at night, according to new research by an international team from China, Australia and the University of British Columbia (UBC).

The challenge? The location is one of the coldest and most remote places on Earth. The findings were published today in Nature.

“A telescope located at Dome A could out-perform a similar telescope located at any other astronomical site on the planet,” said UBC astronomer Paul Hickson, a co-author of the study. “The combination of high altitude, low temperature, long periods of continuous darkness, and an exceptionally stable atmosphere,