Wednesday, March 23, 2011
SKA - An Aussie outback full of satellite dishes - A new outlook
IMAGINE being able to track the evolution of the universe, back to almost the beginning of space and time.
Enter the Square Kilometre Array or "SKA", the largest proposed telescope on Earth.
Soon to be - hopefully - located in the Australian outback.
Much like a palaeontologist digging down through the layers of earth, studying fossils and materials to determine the history of life on earth, the SKA will study the layers of gases and materials to determine how the universe came to be.
When it's built, the SKA will be 50 times larger than the world’s current largest radio telescope and comprise of over 3000 antennas or dishes scattered over a continent or more.
In total, it will span up 5500km. Half of those dishes will be in a central 5km by 5km region.
All the information from these will be brought together by the world’s fastest broadband network running at 100 terabytes per second - 10 times the equivalent of the world’s internet traffic today.
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