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Interference kills the radio star finder

19 Sep 2017, 23:28 UTC
Interference kills the radio star finder

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, 2015

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Ah the Australian outback. Red dirt, bounding kangaroos and wide open spaces that seem to go on forever. Sure it’s a great place to explore that little slice of untouched Australia but it’s also the perfect place for our radio telescopes to explore the unknown Universe.

It’s because of our southern hemisphere location on the planet, and our ability to manage large, complex facilities with a high degree of reliability, that we’ve been involved in some iconic events, from the Moon landing, to the Pluto flyby in 2015, to the last hurrah of Cassini as it plummeted into Saturn last week.

Now we’re building a new generation of radio astronomy technology with our Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), in Western Australia about eight hours drive north-east of Perth.

The ASKAP telescope is made up of 36 dish antennas, working together as a single instrument. Each antenna is fitted with a special ‘camera’, the CSIRO-designed phased-array feed, that is made up of 188 individual receivers. You can think of it as a bit like a wide-angle lens allowing you to see more through a single viewpoint.

ASKAP is the fastest radio telescope in ...

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