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Exploring the Universe with the world's largest radio telescope
Exploring the Universe with the world's largest radio telescope

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Congratulations to our colleagues @SKA_Africa on today's inauguration of the #SKApercursor telescope MeerKAT🇿🇦! This stunning new image shows the region around the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way's centre in extraordinary detail. Read more: http://skatel.org/MeerKAT_pOQUj
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Great news: the SKA pathfinder family has a new member! We welcome CHIME, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment 🇨🇦, to the group of facilities carrying out SKA-related science and technology studies around the world. Astronomers are using the signals CHIME collects to measure the expansion history of the Universe over a period of 4 billion years of cosmic time! CHIME is also expected to find thousands of new Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) - a phenomenon consisting of short bursts of radio waves from far outside our Milky Way galaxy, but of unknown origin.

"CHIME's observations will set the scene for the next generation of experiments with the SKA, which will be able to see even further back into the history of the Universe, observing hydrogen from a time when the Universe was less than a billion years old," says Canadian SKA Science Director Prof. Bryan Gaensler.

The CHIME project is co-led by the @universityofbc, @McGillUniversity, @UniversityToronto and the National Research Council of Canada. Find out more on our website: http://skatel.org/CHIME-SKA-pathfinder_mXn0S
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Science! A new paper published yesterday highlights the potential of the SKA to tackle key questions of cosmology, from dark matter to dark energy. “We know the Universe is expanding at an accelerating rate, but we don’t yet understand why,” explains Prof. Richard Battye from the University of Manchester. “One of the SKA’s main science goals is to investigate this, by looking at the distribution of the most basic element, hydrogen, throughout the cosmos." Find out more! http://skatel.org/cosmology_iQW6v
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Did you know we're also on Instagram? You can follow us there for a closer look at the technology and the work of the SKA teams and to meet some of the many members of teamSKA involved in the project around the world - all in images! 📸 Just head to http://skatel.org/insta_ZiLuw
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#ICYMI: Last week our partners at Curtin University in Australia and Italy's National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) signed an agreement to formalise their collaboration on the SKA, a great example of the international effort driving us towards construction! The teams have been working together on the design for the low-frequency telescope array, which will initially consist of over 130,000 small antennas located in Western Australia. Find out more details on our engineering design website: http://skatel.org/partnership_w6LFe 📸 Credit: Curtin University
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How will CSP deal with the huge data flows from the SKA antennas? ASTRON Engineer Gijs Schoonderbeek worked on the Gemini board for SKA-low. He told us more about the design & how working with industry helped the process - read the interview: http://skatel.org/csp_IFOJ9
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Our engineering consortia span 20 countries. But beyond technical expertise, how do you collaborate across borders and create team spirit? The 🇦🇺 🇳🇱🇳🇿 team working on the CSP Correlator/Beamformer for SKA-low has a pretty good idea: http://skatel.org/csp_DcG5U #SKACDR #teamSKA
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Exciting news from SKA precursor telescope ASKAP: researchers have nearly doubled the known number of mysterious ‘fast radio bursts’! Congratulations to our partners at CSIRO, ICRAR, Curtin Uni and Swinburne University of Technology , who are paving the way for even more discoveries in the SKA era! http://skatel.org/askap_XiF42
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Our design consortia need more than technical expertise to reach final review stage, they need to build team spirit too! Read how the CSP Low Correlator/Beamformer team 🇦🇺🇳🇱🇳🇿 did that, from hiking in Hong Kong to Dutch carriage rides! #SKACDR http://skatel.org/csp_eIZOk
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The Central Signal Processor consortium recently passed its final review, so what will CSP mean for SKA's science goals? We asked an astronomer! Prof. Ben Stappers from the University of Manchester says its processing power will be groundbreaking for pulsar research: http://skatel.org/ata_31oAJ
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