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Tübitak’s national observatory is 25 years old

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ANKARA (IGFA)- TUG astronomers have been exploring the unknown for 25 years.

TUG, one of the first national research institutions to be established with the support of TÜBİTAK, serves as a state observatory. TUG has taken its deserved place in Turkey and in the world by achieving countless successes with its 25 years of work and experience.

The first light was received on TUG’s first telescope, the 40-centimeter T40 telescope, in January 1997, and scientific observations began at the observatory. Soon after, TUG’s first observational article was published. At the TUG Bakırlıtepe Campus, which has suitable atmospheric conditions to make observations on average 220 nights a year, there are four active telescopes that are at the service of researchers with their prestige today.

OBSERVATION WITH FOUR EFFECTIVE TELESCOPES

The first star observations were made in August 2000 with the RTT150 telescope, which is the largest optical telescope with a mirror diameter of 1.5 meters. These results were announced to the scientific world with a joint article in 2001.

So far, many spectroscopic and photometric observational research projects have been produced on new topics such as distant galaxies, exoplanets, the dark element, dark power, gamma-ray bursts, and tracking of near-Earth asteroids.

According to the news on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Technology, 500 projects have been carried out in TUG so far. Between 1998 and 2022, 450 articles were published. In 2009, a fully automatic telescope with a 35-centimeter mirror diameter was installed at the Science and Society Center (BİTOM) in the garden of the TUG Administration Building on the Akdeniz University Campus. This telescope is available to sky enthusiasts and students free of charge. Apart from these, the telescope on which sunspots and other activities are observed, is also used in the tracking of satellites.

24 YEARS OF TRADITION: SKY OBSERVATION ACTIVITIES

Sky Observation Activities, which are the signature of TUG, started in 1998. Initially, TUBITAK Science and Technical Journal; This event, which was first organized in Antalya Saklıkent by the Science and Society Department and with the participation of TUG, has been taking place for 24 years. The Ministry of Industry and Technology decided to expand this activity, which was previously held only in Antalya Saklıkent, to different cities of Anatolia in 2019. In 2022, Sky Observation Events brought together sky enthusiasts in 4 different cities under the auspices of the Ministries of Industry and Technology, Youth and Sports, Culture and Tourism, with the contributions of local administrations, various institutions and organizations. The events, which were previously held with a finite number of participants, were also opened to the public and tens of thousands of people were allowed to participate in these events. Sky Observation Events, where TÜBİTAK brought together sky enthusiasts of all ages, took place in 2022 in Diyarbakır, Van, Erzurum and Antalya. In the sky observation activities, it is aimed to increase the interest of young people in space and to raise awareness in the society with the vision of the National Space Program.

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