Sunday, May 27, 2012

The biggest radio telescope!

South Africa and Australia will partner in the development of the biggest radio telescope ever built.  Their main objectives are to probe the origins of the universe and even look for extra-terrestrial life. The SKA (Square Kilometre Array), billed as one of the most ambitious international scientific co-operations in history, will be ten thousand times faster and fifty times more sensitive than any telescope ever built.

This project is due to be completed in 2024. SKA’s 3000 dishes will have a data collecting area of one million square metres. The South African host computer is to be situated in Cape Town, being also linked to stations in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius. The Australian project, on the other hand, will have stations in New Zealand. 

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