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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
BRIAN SCHMIDT OCCUPATION: ASTRONOMER BEST KNOWN FOR Lead scientist on the development of the SkyMapper Harvard educated Professor Schmidt has overseen the development of SkyMapper, a new breed of telescope. Built at a cost of AU$13 million, SkyMapper is undertaking Sky Survey, the first every systemic digital map of the southern skies. The telescope will allow astronomers to catalogue every single object in the southern sky within five years. The research team, lead by Professor Schmidt at ANU in Canberra, had detailed input into the design and construction of SkyMapper which can scan the sky faster and deeper than any other telescope. A powerful digital camera was developed to work in tandem with the telescope. ❝ I immigrated to Australia from the US in 1994, and when I arrived, I was unsure how well I could continue to do my research on the international stage. Such a small country, so far away. To my delight, Australia turned out to be a boon for me. Working internationally in Australia is the default -- it is not just for the old and well established." ❞ ASTRONOMY Adam Knott/Newspix