Russian astronomers noticed shift of Crimea towards Russia

The astronomers have determined the tectonic movement of the peninsular towards Russia after the annexation of Crimea.

5 October 2016 10:55

Russian astronomers have stated that the Crimea is shifting towards the Russian Federation by 2.9 millimeters per year, Interfax quotes the head of the Institute of Applied Astronomy of Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Ipatov as saying. 

The measurements were carried out using Quasar-KVO microwave radiometry telescope complex, installed in the town of Simeiz.

“At the time of the accession of Crimea to Russia, we tried to answer the question: Where is Crimea moving? And we have determined that it is moving to Russia,” Ipatov said.

According to him, despite the fact that this statement seems to be a joke, it is the result of a serious research.

“In fact, this is not a joke, although it looks like that. Crimea is moving approximately in the north-east direction,” Ipatov noted.

According to the Institute’s report, Quasar-KVO is used in the largest international astrometry, geodetic and astrophysical researches.

The social networks have overreacted to this new: the users note that now the issue of Kerch bridge construction is settled.

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