Australia's Super-Fast Radio Telescope Will Help Scientists Study The Origins Of Our UniverseQuicklink submitted by Kyle McDermott Permalink
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|The A$152 million ($155.18 million) telescope will 'listen' to radio waves from the cosmos that might give astronomers insights into the beginnings of the universe. 'Radio waves tell us unique things about the cosmos, about the gas from which stars were formed, and about exotic objects, pulsars and quasars, that really push the boundaries of our knowledge of the physical laws in the universe,' Brian Boyle, the director of the project at Australia's national scientific research organization, told reporters this week. The ability of the ASKAP telescope to scan so much of the universe will generate immense amounts of data. On its first day in full operation, ASKAP will collect more data than is currently contained in all current radio astronomy archives or the U.S. Library of Congress. Another research project will look for black holes, which astronomers think may be the seeds of galaxies.|
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