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Scientists collaborate on new radio telescope

Posted on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments

Image credit: CC 3.0 SKA/SAP

The ambitious Square Kilometre Array will be 50 times more sensitive than existing radio telescopes.

Combining the signals from hundreds of transmitters spread across thousands of miles of the southern hemisphere, the new array is a collaboration of more than 67 science teams from 20 different countries. It will take over 12 years to build, but when it's ready it will put all other radio telescopes to shame with the ability to survey the sky 10,000 times faster than anything we have now.

"SKA is very similar to the CERN project in terms of the complexity of project itself, the size of the scientific community, and the global nature of the operation," said Ronald Luijten of IBM's Zurich Research Lab.

"Over the next 12 years, thousands of antennas will be built and installed across a 5,000-kilometer stretch of the southern hemisphere."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Timonthy on 3 April, 2012, 12:29
Aww, when I first read about this I was under the impression that it was definitely going to be in Australia.
Comment icon #2 Posted by MrSerendipity on 3 April, 2012, 15:16
Will they be searching for aliens?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 April, 2012, 7:29
Will they be searching for aliens? Its primary purpose is astronomy not SETI, but it's possible that some of the collected data will be useful in the search for extraterrestrial signals.
Comment icon #4 Posted by DKO on 5 April, 2012, 4:24
Fingers crossed they will be in Australia, Plenty of room.
Comment icon #5 Posted by spud the mackem on 5 April, 2012, 16:11
who is paying the Electricity Bill to power it up,or are they using their own generators ?

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