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The Space Surveillance Telescope (SST), located near Exmouth, in Western Australia is operated by the US Air Force in conjunction with the Royal Australian Air Force. The SST is a ground-based optical system that detects and tracks small objects in deep space, and provides an unprecedented wide-area search capability that will enhance space situational awareness of the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. Minimal light pollution will allow the telescope to provide a clearer picture that lends to its wide field of view. With an estimated time of full operational capability in 2021, it will also be able to detect, track, and discern small, obscure objects in deep space. Photo courtesy of the US Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeanette Mullinax.