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Astrophysicists Care For The Telescope In the Antarctic During The Entire Winter

An astrophysicist Robert Schwarz from the University of Minnesota has been working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station wearing insulated boots, pants, a pair of gloves, and more so as to discover the mysterious facts about the long cold and dark Antarctic winter. According to the National Science Foundation, he has spent almost 14 winters in total obscurity at the South Pole compared to the other astrophysicists. He and his team are living in a two-story compound built on top of ice.

The basic idea behind sending them to the Antarctic is to keep an eye on the telescope situated a half-mile from their location. Schwarz maintains telescope scans for up to 42 hours followed by a cooling for 6 Hours which is then started all over again. The telescope shows a helium leakage problem or complications related to its weight which in turn affects the revolutions made during the winters. The rollers present on the mount tend to shrink owing to the weight of the movements. The telescope is being used since ages so as to explore the deep dark side of the universe. The clear, dry air of the South Pole renders it the perfect place to carry out the astronomy and other explorations. This station is the home for infinite experiments. The place does not have emergency teams present and hence, has the physicists trained in carrying out tasks such as surgeries.

The astrophysicists have been working on the telescope since a few decades and now have a chance of getting rest as there is a plan of replacing the telescope with a new one. This may sound like a sigh of relief for Schwarz but it is definitely going to be difficult to let it go as most of the working hours have been spent on the telescope. Dr. Chen Wu and Dr. Ivy Wong from The University of Western Australia is the brainchild behind the artificial intelligence program that is being used to distinguish to identify galaxies in deep space rather its general task of face recognition on Facebook. The AI bot named “ClaRAN” basically scans images captured by radio telescopes and identify radio galaxies that emanate potent radio jets from centric supermassive black holes.

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