June 24, 2008
Astronomy Without Borders on Show in China
Australian astronomers working in China say they've remotely controlled telescopes in three nations and streamed the data to a New South Wales observatory.
We're now in the age of astronomy without borders, said Tasso Tzioumis of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's Australia Telescope National Facility.
The demonstration establishes two things, said Phillips. First, we've shown Australia can be the data-processing center for these international experiments Â second, we've proved the Australian, Chinese and Japanese systems, which grew up independently, are compatible. That's important for doing future experiments together in the Asia-Pacific region.
The demonstration occurred last Tuesday at the Shanghai Observatory during the 7th annual international meeting on E-VLBI, or electronic very long baseline interferometry.