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2004-Sep-15, 04:03 PM
British team claims first with 24-hour space watch (http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=1080892004)


BRITISH astronomers are celebrating a world first that could revolutionise the future of their science.

They have just begun a project to operate a global network of the world’s biggest robotic telescopes, dubbed RoboNet-1.0, which can provide almost immediate observations of sudden changes in astronomical objects.

The team behind the programme hopes that it will give unprecedented data on phenomena such as gamma-ray bursts, supernovas (exploding stars), star gas clouds and pulsars (spinning collapsed stars). RoboNet will also look for Earth-like planets, as yet unseen elsewhere in our galaxy.