Tereza Pultarova – Senior Writer for place.com
Constructing of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) observatory, which is decided to become the largest radio telescope ever built, will finally open after near to 30 years of preparations.
Work on the 2 sites in Australia and South Africa, where the 2 separate aspects of the radio telescope community will be built, is decided to begin today, July 1, representatives of the SKA Organisation (SKAO) announced on the annual assembly of the European Nice Society (EAS) on Tuesday June 29.
The telescope, which will listen to radio alerts in the mountainous differ of frequencies between 70 MHz to a minimum of 25 GHz, can dangle a total collecting place of one square kilometre. As an substitute of counting on a single extremely mountainous dish, this could maybe consist of a precisely designed community of dishes and antennas disbursed across its two sites. The SKA-Mid array, to be situated in the Karoo barren blueprint in South Africa, will exhaust 197 dishes, every 50 toes (15 meters) in diameter, to listen to the heart-frequency bands. The SKA-Low array, listening to the decrease frequency bands, will consist of 131,072 antennas situated in Western Australia north of Perth.