Acamar (θ Eridani, 天園六) is a bright naked-eye star visible from both Australia and China. On the 25th August 2012, at the IAU General Assembly in Beijing, AAL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Division of Basic Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences regarding Antarctic Astronomy. That MoU addressed collaboration between Chinese and Australian astronomers using data from the Chinese-led Antarctic Schmidt Telescopes project and support observations from Australian facilities. In February 2013 AAL hosted a delegation of senior Chinese astronomers representing the Chinese Academy of Sciences. During that visit the Department of Industry signed a MoU with the Chinese Academy of Sciences covering a broad range of astronomical collaboration, and established ACAMAR as the mechanism to oversee that collaboration. AAL provides the secretariat for ACAMAR.
In Australia, ACAMAR aims to:
- build upon existing arrangements
- maximise the scientific return on investment in astronomy infrastructure;
- develop human capital in the field of astronomy; and
- enhance our common scientific understanding of the universe.
ACAMAR was officially launched in Beijing on Saturday 12th September 2015.
ACAMAR is also supported by the following organisations:
- Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
- Astronomy Australia Limited