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Astronomers Hope Their Prize Telescope Isn't Blinded by the Light

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Science  27 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5995, pp. 1002
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5995.1002

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Chinese astronomers thought they had their hands full, fine-tuning their complicated new survey telescope into next year. Now they have a more urgent problem: Light pollution could jeopardize its ambitious science program. Concerns are growing over light from a planned astronomy education center to be built near the $40 million Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) in Xinglong, 170 kilometers northeast of Beijing. If authorities follow through with their plan to put the center just south of LAMOST, astronomers say they will do whatever they can to stop it.