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Academia Sinica participates in Mexico observatory project

  • 16 April, 2014
  • Editor

Taiwan’s highest research institute, Academia Sinica, is cooperating with Harvard University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico to set up three telescopes at the San Pedro Mártir Observatory in Mexico.

The telescopes, which will cost US$10 million in total, are scheduled for installation in 2015. The telescopes will be used for the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS-II). This collaboration will measure the size distribution of small objects in the Kuiper Belt at the edge of the Solar System.

Mexican news agency NOTIMEX reported on the observatory on Sunday. According to the report, the first stage of the plan was carried out at Lulin Mountain in Taiwan. The report said that the next stage was relocated to the San Pedro Mártir site in Mexico due to less than ideal visibility at the original site in Taiwan.

Taiwan’s representative to Mexico, Carlos Liao, has also commented on the project. Liao said the joint scientific project was a milestone in the development of mutually beneficial relations between Taiwan and Mexico.

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