Monday, January 31, 2011

Chinese negotiating use of Mt. Hopkins telescope

"The National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is negotiating with four world-class optical and infrared facilities in Chile and the United States to give Chinese astronomers around 50 nights of observing time per year at the telescopes," according to a post on ScienceInsider blog.

As part of the $3 million, 3-year deal, the Chinese astronomers would get 10-12 nights per year of use of the 6.5 meter MMT on Mt. Hopkins in southern Arizona, as one of 4 observatories in the Telescope Access Program deal.

The Multi-Mirror Telescope is a joint venture between the Smithsonian Observatory and the Univ. of Arizona.

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