Searching for Alien Worlds and Gravitational Lenses from the Arctic

Astronomical observations have been obtained from the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL), which is located in Northern Canada (image credit: left, Steinbring et al., right, Dan Weaver).

Astronomical observations were obtained from the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL), which is located in northern Canada (image credit: left, Steinbring et al., right, Dan Weaver).

The quest for optimal sites to carry out astronomical observations has taken scientists to the frigid Arctic. Eric Steinbring, who led a team of National Research Council Canada experts, noted that a high Arctic site can, “offer excellent image quality that is maintained during many clear, calm, dark periods that can last 100 hours or more.” The new article by Steinbring and colleagues conveys recent progress made to obtain precise observations from a 600 m high ridge near the Eureka research base on Ellesmere Island, which is located in northern Canada.

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