Astronomers of China, Chile to co-develop advanced telescope

Cooperation in the field of astronomy between China and Chile is going well, with both sides expecting to collaborate in the future for the building of new equipments such as telescope, a leading Chinese astronomer told Xinhua on Thursday in northern Chile.
(Soundbite) Wang Zhong, Director of the South American Center for Astronomy
“Astronomy interests the whole human kinds. Representing our country, the Academy of Sciences of China has sent delegations here to carry out observations in conjunction with our peers from other nations. It is part of our academy’s outward efforts to take part in the macro-science research of the international community.”
Wang heads up the Sino-Chilean Joint Center for Astronomy, China’s first scientific institution abroad, which aims to produce an advanced astronomic telescope with an initial investment of 3 million U.S. dollars.
The Chinese astronomers have also been participating in the International ALMA Radio Telescope Project at the Paranal Observatory in the desert of San Pedro de Atacama in the northern region of Antofagasta.
The observatory is operated by ESO, the foremost inter-governmental astronomy organization in Europe.

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