Center leader and Professor Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard inaugurates new Danish telescope in Tenerife

The first telescope in the Danish lead SONG telescope network was inaugurated October 25, 2014 in Tenerife. This marked the beginning of a new global stellar research project, aiming at making it possible to follow the stars twenty-four seven.

Professor Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard is director of the Stellar Astrophysics Center and the overall leader of SONG. He is very pleased that the new telescope in Tenerife is now being used and has already started to provide outstanding scientific results.

“It’s fantastic that we now have a new, ultra-modern telescope that can provide exactly what we dreamed of when the project kicked off. Our knowledge of stars and exoplanets has changed considerably in recent years, but we can nevertheless show that we were on the right track when we designed the scientific targets for the SONG project – and we should be very pleased with that,” says Professor Christensen-Dalsgaard.

Professor and director of the Danish National Research Foundation, Thomas Sinkjær praised the SONG project for being ambitious and visionary, and for building up close collaboration between a number of universities.

“Wanting to build a global network of telescopes is truly ambitious, and an example of reaching the skies – and even further – if we join forces,” he said.

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