Looking Out From the Outback
Who doesn't get excited about a new telescope? This herd of spidery-looking things make up part of the Murchison Widefield Array, unveiled today in a remote part of the western Australia outback. The low-band radio telescope has just over 2,000 antennas that stretch over a three-kilometer diameter area. MWA will primarily be used to study the sun and create better early warning for solar storms that could affect orbiting satellites. Scientists also hope to gaze back to the early universe and study the creation of stars and galaxies.
Image: Paul Bourke and Jonathan Knispel. Supported by WASP (UWA), iVEC, ICRAR, and CSIRO.