FIU Astronomy Explores Southern Skies

The Southeastern Association for Research (SARA) recently launched a refurbished and automated telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory on a remote peak in the Andes Mountains of Chile. Christened SARA-South, the new telescope allows SARA astronomers to explore parts of the sky that are not visible from telescopes in the United States. Since 1993, the consortium has operated SARA-North, a telescope located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. FIU physics faculty James Webb, director of SARA-North, said "In addition to the cornucopia of new objects accessible to us, the new telescope opens up many additional avenues of research than we had before by using the telescopes to work together. This is a very exciting time for astronomy and physics at FIU", for more see FIU news.