The site, known as Dome A (Dome Argus), is located south of Australia's Davis Station in Antarctica, 900km from the South Pole. It might take a while for astronomers to get there, but gazers will be able to see the stars without their twinkle – which means they are much clearer than anywhere else.
Dome A is one of the coldest and most remote parts on the planet, but, thanks to its lack of human presence, it has been left largely untouched.
According to astronomers who conducted the study, there are four factors which makes Dome A the perfect spot for a telescope: the high altitude, low temperature, elongated periods of darkness, and stable atmosphere.
The KunLun Differential Image Motion Monitor – the telescope installed at Dome A — is so far from the equator that it makes it much easier to see above.
"Dome A is the highest point in the central plateau region of Antarctica, and the atmosphere is extremely stable here, much more so than anywhere else on Earth," Professor Michael Ashley, an astronomer with UNSW's School of Physics tells Lonely Planet. "The result is that the twinkling of the stars is greatly reduced, and the star images are much sharper and brighter."
If only it wasn't so far to get there...
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