One step closer to the Square Kilometre Array?

Six radio telescopes in Australia and New Zealand have worked in concert to observe a distant radio source, believed to be two black holes orbiting one another.

The telescopes are now linked by optical fibre, allowing the imaging capabilities of multiple facilities to be focused on one object simultaneously.

The ability to link multiple antennas (or dishes) will be a vital component of the Square Kilometre Array, a $2.5 billion project which will be built in either Australia or South Africa.

Read more at CSIRO