Midnight In The Desert — Chinese

Monster Chinese Telescope to Join Tabby's Star Alien Hunt

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Monster Chinese Telescope to Join Tabby's Star Alien Hunt

The world's largest single-dish radio telescope will join the hunt for intelligent aliens that could be building a "megastructure" around the star KIC 8462852 — otherwise known as "Tabby's Star." The recently completed Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope, or "FAST," occupies a valley in the southwestern Guizhou province of China. With a diameter of 500 meters, this monstrous telescope is almost 200 meters wider than the famous Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. And now FAST will join the Breakthrough Listen SETI project to "listen in" on the strange star. Though the likelihood of actually finding any chatty aliens around the...

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Fun with a new data set: Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover camera data

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Fun with a new data set: Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover camera data

In a recent guest blog post, Quanzhi Ye pointed to the Chinese version of the Planetary Data System, and shared the great news that Chang'e 3 lander data are now public. The website is a little bit difficult to use, but last week I managed to download all of the data from two of the cameras -- a total of 35 Gigabytes of data! -- and I've spent the subsequent week figuring out what's there and how to handle it. So, space fans, without further ado, here, for the first time in a format easily accessible to the public, are...

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