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China's LAMOST Observatory Prepares for the Ultimate Test

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Science  04 Apr 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5872, pp. 34-35
DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5872.34

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Engineers this month are installing the eyes and optic nerves of the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST), slated to begin operating this fall in China's industrialized north. LAMOST�s spectral deluge of tens of millions of galaxies and stars should offer new insights into galaxy formation, including our own Milky Way.