Tele­scope re­leases mass of data

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

As­tronomers in China work­ing with one of world’s largest op­ti­cal tele­scopes re­leased a huge col­lec­tion of data over the new year hol­i­day, in­creas­ing the chances of “sig­nif­i­cant find­ings” in space ex­plo­ration, ex­perts say.

The lat­est up­date to the Na­tional As­tro­nom­i­cal Ob­ser­va­to­ries’ sky sur­vey, con­ducted us­ing the LAMOST tele­scope, in­cludes some 4.62 mil­lion spec­tral data re­lat­ing to the struc­ture, for­ma­tion and evo­lu­tion of the Milky Way.

LAMOST—short for Large Sky Area Multi- Ob­ject Fiber Spec­tro­scopic Tele­scope— has been used to carry out a mas­sive sky sur­vey since Septem­ber 2012. So far, it has col­lected more data than all pre­vi­ous sky sur­veys com­bined, ac­cord­ing to the NAO.

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