17 September 2012 Towards a national astronomy observatory for the United Arab Emirates
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The Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) investigated the possibility to setup an astronomical research and outreach center within the United Arab Emirates. The main goals of such a new institution are to raise interest in space research and to ultimately develop a significant research community within the UAE. Such an astronomy center will also require appropriate observatory facilities. In this paper current concepts of such a possible national UAE astronomy observatory will be outlined, and the findings of an initial survey for suitable locations to host the telescopic facilities within the UAE are presented.
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S. Els, J. Maree, S. Al Marri, Y. Al Muqbel, A. Yousif, H. Al Naimiy, "Towards a national astronomy observatory for the United Arab Emirates", Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84441U (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926867; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.926867

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