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Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder

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Three of the dishes used by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope. Three of the dishes used by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope. CSIRO/Terrace Photographers

The first images from ASKAP reveal slices through space

The first images from Australia’s Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope have given scientists a sneak peek at the potential images to come from the much larger Square Kilometre Array (SKA…
ASKAP will help scientists to tackle some of the biggest questions in radio astronomy. ASKAP will help scientists to tackle some of the biggest questions in radio astronomy. Alex Cherney

CSIRO launches the ASKAP telescope – and a new chapter for radio astronomy begins

Today, after several years of design and construction, CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is officially open. The A$140m facility, built in the remote Murchison Shire of Western…
WA’s wealth comes from underground, but the sky holds vast treasures as well. WA’s wealth comes from underground, but the sky holds vast treasures as well. WA Department of Commerce

More than mining: why Western Australia is perfect for radio astronomy and the SKA

Western Australia is world-famous for its vast mineral reserves, but if the astronomy community has its way, the state will soon be equally famous for advancing our understanding of the universe and the…
An artist’s conception of the Square Kilometre Array. An artist’s conception of the Square Kilometre Array. Swinburne Astronomy Productions/SKA Program Development Office

Australia’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array – an insider’s perspective

Australia and New Zealand could be on the brink of a major scientific coup. In roughly a month’s time, the site for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope will be announced. Australia and New…
When a black hole devours a nearby star, bright gamma-ray flashes can result. When a black hole devours a nearby star, bright gamma-ray flashes can result. Mark Garlick (University of Warwick)

Death of a star: how radio waves can capture a cosmic obituary

Some 3.8 billion years ago a star in the constellation of Draco wandered a little too close to a nearby black hole. The star was violently torn apart by the black hole’s tidal forces, creating two massive…
Are CSIRO’s ASKAP antennas in Boolardy a precursor to greater things? Are CSIRO’s ASKAP antennas in Boolardy a precursor to greater things? By Ant Schinckel, CSIRO

Hip hip hooray for the (Aussie?) Square Kilometre Array

We know a lot about what the universe looks like and how it works. But what we’ve been able to figure out about the cosmos is dwarfed by all the things we don’t know. How do galaxies, stars and planets…

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