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Around the World in 80 Telescopes

April 3, 2009

It has been 400 years since Galileo Galilei built a telescope to observe the universe. Many events have been taking place all over the world to celebrate the anniversary of Galileo’s contribution. A spectacular event of international cooperation, “100 hours of Astronomy”, has taken place in the four days from April 2nd -5th.


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Part of this event, “Around the World in 80 Telescopes”, started on April 2nd in Hawaii. In a 24-hour webcast, 80 telescopes in observatories from all over the world followed images of the night sky around globe.

The webcast began from some of the telescopes on top of the sacred mountain of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The Subaru Telescope, one of the largest optical-infrared telescopes in the world, sent a live image at 11:20pm (HI time). Six other Japanese telescopes are participating in this project.

Dr. Tetsuharu Fuse, who was the host at Subaru, said "I have presented more than 100 similar telecom lectures. This was one of the most excited events so far. "


A live scene from the 20 minute webcast from the Subaru Telescope

A live scene from the 20 minute webcast
from the Subaru Telescope















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