Viper telescope


Viper telescope
Part ofAmundsen–Scott South Pole Station Edit this on Wikidata
Location(s)Antarctic Treaty area
Coordinates90°00′S 139°16′W / 90°S 139.27°W / -90; -139.27Coordinates: 90°00′S 139°16′W / 90°S 139.27°W / -90; -139.27 Edit this at Wikidata
Wavelength40 GHz (7.5 mm)
First light1998 Edit this on Wikidata
DecommissionedNovember 2005 Edit this on Wikidata
Telescope styleCosmic microwave background experiment
radio interferometer Edit this on Wikidata
Diameter2 m (6 ft 7 in) Edit this at Wikidata
Viper telescope is located in Antarctica
Viper telescope
Location of Viper telescope

The Viper telescope was mainly used to view cosmic background radiation.[1] First operational in 1998, the telescope was used to help scientists prove or disprove the Big Crunch theory. The telescope was at the time also one of the most powerful of its kind. Previous cosmic background telescopes were smaller and less sensitive. It was decommissioned in 2005.


The Viper telescope was located at the Center for Astrophysical Research, also known as (CARA) in the Amundsen-Scott station in Antarctica. The Viper project was run by many scientists; team leader Dr. Jeffrey Peterson is a Carnegie Mellon astrophysicist.


  1. ^ Griffin, G.; et al. (May 1998). "The Viper Telescope : an Instrument to Measure Primary and Secondary CMB Anisotropy at Small Scales". Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. American Astronomical Society, 192nd AAS Meeting. 30: 904. Bibcode:1998AAS...192.5803G. 58.03.

External links

  • National Science Foundation
  • Antarctic Treaty
  • Harvard