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Cooperation of the scientists of Ukraine and Turkmenistan in international programmes

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Cooperation of the scientists of Ukraine and Turkmenistan for more than 30 years continues in different fields of astronomy and, recently, in meteorology.

We work jointly at the Mount Dushak-Erekdag Observatory which is located in 45 km from the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat. This southernmost observatory of the former Soviet Union has one of the best sky views in central Asia. Its location is favourable for measuring the 'longitude gap' in the asteroseismological networks formed. The 0.8 m telescope of the Astronomical Observatory, Odessa National University, which is installed there participates traditionally in international programmes and multisite campaigns for observations of variable stars, satellites of large planet, comets, asteroids, etc. The infrastructure developed at the site, the stable economy and the friendly atmosphere in Turkmenistan make the Mount Dushak-Erekdag Observatory very promising for ground-based astronomy.

From the late 1970s the Odessa Observatory has operated under a treaty about cooperation and mutual assistance with Turkmenian institutions. That is very important now for the work under the complex political and economical situation in our countries.

Keywords: Asteroseismology; History of astronomy; Instrumentation; Site testing; Telescopes

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Astronomical Observatory of Odessa National University Park Shevchenko 65014 Odessa Ukraine 2: High Scientific Council of the President of Turkmenistan Gogol Street 15 744005 Ashgabat Turkmenistan

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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