ASKAP, Australia’s new “Dish” radio telescope

Watch this fabulous animation of Australia’s next-generation radio telescope system, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, or ASKAP.

ASKAP is being built in a remote corner of Western Australia, where the environment is “radio quiet”, ie. there is little radio interference from man-made sources.

When operational in 2013, it will be one of the world’s best radio telescope systems. In fact, for many types of astronomy, it will be the best radio telescope. It will have electronic “fish eye” technology that enables it to see huge areas of the sky at once, which means that it will be able to conduct whole-sky surveys with impressive speed. This efficiency means astronomers will be able to achieve in a matter of months or years what would have taken decades to do before.

The animation was produced by the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.

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