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Perspectives of astronomy in Kazakhstan: from new ground-based telescopes to space ones
Author(s): Ch. T. Omarov; Zh. Sh. Zhantayev
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Paper Abstract

Astronomical observations in Kazakhstan are carried out for over 60 years. The advantage of the geographical location makes it possible to set and conduct programs of stationary ground-based observations, that from the most observatories of other countries are difficult or impossible. However outdated technical condition of scientific equipment, which include ground-based optical telescopes, poses a direct problem to the development of astronomy in Kazakhstan. In addition, observational data in the other spectral bands from space telescopes are needed. Therefore, in order to create a modern experimental astrophysical base today in Kazakhstan two projects are being put forward in the frame of national space program: 1) a new optical telescope with a primary mirror 3.6 meters (completed in 2016), and 2) participation in the international space project "World Space Observatory -Ultraviolet" that to be launched in 2014.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84445U (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925105
Show Author Affiliations
Ch. T. Omarov, Fessenkov Astrophysical Institute (Kazakhstan)
Zh. Sh. Zhantayev, National Ctr. of Space Research and Technology (Kazakhstan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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