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Achernar Island

Achernar Island is an island 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long, lying 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Shaula Island in the Oygarden Group. Mapped by Norwegian cartographers from aerial photos taken by the Lars Christensen Expedition, 1936-37, and named Utoy (the outer island). The group was first visited by an ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) party in 1954; the island was renamed by Antarctic Names Committee of Australia (ANCA) after the star Achernar, which was used for an astrofix in the vicinity.

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