07.04.2017 11:04   International

Russian scientists pin hopes on new observatory for Galactic center gauging

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The Millimetron observatory is designed for exploring outer space objects in the millimeter, sub-millimeter and far infrared spectral ranges, - TASS

Russian scientists are pinning their hopes on the Spektr-M (Millimetron) space observatory to determine the apparent size of our Galaxy’s center and win the Nobel Prize, Laboratory Head of the Physical Institute’s Astro Space Center Yuri Kovalyov said on Thursday. "We are now trying to establish its apparent size [the Galaxy’s center]," the researcher said at a scientific and technical council at the Lavochkin Research and Production association. "What will happen, if the center of our Galaxy is strongly obscured by dust and gas that we won’t be able to discern what is actually present there in the center? For this case, we have the next step we count on. This is the Millimetron project, which will operate in the millimeter and the sub-millimeter ranges where scattering will play a lesser role. If we don’t win the Nobel Prize in RadioAstron [space observatory project] for the discovery of supermassive black holes, then we’ll surely do this with the Millimetron, unless someone manages to do this before us," the researcher said. "But if someone tries to do this, he won’t succeed without taking into account the new effect of radio scattering discovered by us," he said.

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