Japanese Astronomer Hoping For Antarctic Base To Observe Galaxy

Japanese astronomer hoping for Antarctic base to observe galaxyNaomasa Nakai, a Japanese expert on supermassive black holes, is forging ahead with a project to build a new astronomical research station in Antarctica to unravel the mystery behind the birth of galaxies.

Nakai, a professor at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture in eastern Japan, heads a consortium that is conducting a study on observation conditions and technological needs with an eye toward building a station with a giant telescope.

"If extended space exploration and advanced research on the birth of stars is made possible at the envisioned station, we may unravel the mystery behind the formation of galaxies," the 60-year-old said.