Achernar Island

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Achernar Island
Achernar Island is located in Antarctica
Achernar Island
Achernar Island
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 66°58′S 57°12′E / 66.967°S 57.200°E / -66.967; 57.200Coordinates: 66°58′S 57°12′E / 66.967°S 57.200°E / -66.967; 57.200
Length 2.8 km (1.74 mi)
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population Uninhabited

Achernar Island (66°58′S 57°12′E / 66.967°S 57.200°E / -66.967; 57.200), also known as Utöy, is an island 2.8 kilometres (1.5 nmi) long, lying 1.9 kilometres (1 nmi) west of Shaula Island in the Øygarden 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 ANCA after the star Achernar, which was used for an astrofix in the vicinity.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Achernar Island" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).