Astronomers: Crimea is Moving Towards Russia

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October 5, 2016 – Fort Russ – 

Ilya Izotov (Simferopol), Rossijskaya Gazeta – Translated from Russian by Kristina Kharlova 

Radiointerferometric complex “Quasar-KVO” has allowed scientists to capture the movement of Crimean Peninsula towards mainland Russia, reported TASS with reference to director of the Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Ipatov.

– We tried to make an observation at the time of reunification with Crimea – to see where Crimea is moving, – said the scientist. – And we found out – towards Russia, and we know the speed. This is real. We have the measurements, it is not a joke. Moving North-East.

The equipment installed in the village of Simeiz, recorded the movement of the peninsula to the North-East with a speed of 2.9 millimeters per year.

Data obtained by “Quasar-KVO” is reliable: its spatial-temporal resolution far exceeds the capacity of existing ground-based optical surveillance. This allows to define global tectonic crustal movements with millimeter precision.

Radio-interferometric complex “Quasar-KVO” consists of three radio-astronomical observatories: “Svetloe” in Leningrad region, “Zelenchukskaya” in Karachay-Cherkessia and “Badary” in the Republic of Buryatia. It contributes to the largest international astrometric, geodetic and astrophysical observations.

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