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Tsou Begins to Shine in the Air from the Midst of This Month

Lulin Observatory, Institute of Astronomy, NCU, will officially entitle its last-observed asteroid "Tsou" this month (January, 2009). This will be the first asteroid entitled in the name of the aboriginal tribes in Taiwan.

Lulin Observatory started the cross-strait cooperated "Lulin Sky Survey (LUSS)" project in March, 2006, whose origin could be traced back to 2002 when the first new asteroid observed in Taiwan by two graduate students of NCU. With limited financial support and personnel resource, nonetheless as well as with the advantage of the particular longitude and latitude position Taiwan possesses, over eight hundred new asteroids have been observed in the project within the last two years.

The tribe Tsou is closely associated with the location of Lulin Obsrvatory (Alishan Township, Chiayi County). Four of the seven members of the observatory are Tsou people as well. Also there's an attempt to encourage the aborigine to take part in the astronomical research. Therefore, the new discovered asteroid is intentionally entitled "Tsou."

Besides, after "Chiayi," another newly observed asteroid will be named in the county name of Taiwan "Nantou." The entitlement will be announced in the midst of January, too.

鹿林天文台 http://www.lulin.ncu.edu.tw/
國立中央大學天文研究所 http://www.astro.ncu.edu.tw/p=home.phtml
臺北市立天文科學教育館過刊資料 http://tamweb.tam.gov.tw/news/2006/200608/06082202.htm

Edited 6 time(s). Last edit at 01/04/2009 12:43AM by gustav.