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Jakarta Post

Mt. Timau observatory project reaches for stars

  • Djemi Amnifu and Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Kupang/Jakarta   /   Tue, July 17 2018   /  12:18 am

Mt. Timau observatoryIndonesia is reaching for the stars with a new observatory construction project on Mount Timau in Kupang regency, East Nusa Tenggara, which is set to be the biggest observatory in Southeast Asia when it is completed next year.

For decades, Indonesian astronomy depended on the Bosscha Observatory in Lembang, West Java, which was built in 1928 by the Dutch and, at that time, had one of the largest telescopes in the southern hemisphere.

Bosscha, managed by the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) after the Dutch handed over the facility to Indonesia in 1951, has five main telescopes, including its iconic Zeiss double refractor, which is 60 centimeters in diameter and is found in the Bosscha dome.

But the need to build a new observatory has been growing in recent years, particularly since Bosscha continues to face excessive light and air pollution f...