Australian Astronomical Observatory

The Anglo-Australian Telescope

Australian Astronomical Observatory

The Australian Astronomical Observatory (formerly the Anglo-Australian Observatory) is located in Siding Spring in New South Wales, Australia, and consists of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (a 3.9m instrument) and the UK Schmidt Telescope (a 1.2m instrument). One of the objectives of the Anglo-Australian Telescope is to find extrasolar planets. The UK Schmidt Telescope began its life by carrying out surveys of the southern sky; it is now being used to measure the velocities of stars in the Milky Way.

Image: Star trails captured in a long exposure photograph of the Anglo-Australian Telescope dome (credit: Australian Astronomical Observatory/David Malin Images)

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The Anglo-Australian Telescope

Introduction

The AAO hunts exoplanets.

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