‘It’s as big as science gets’ says Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt.

‘It’s the unknown unknowns that you’re able to unlock – It will change our knowledge in some fundamental way.’

He’s talking about the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – the world’s largest radio telescope.

An ambitious project, the SKA will give astronomers insight into the formation and evolution of the first stars and galaxies after the Big Bang, the role of cosmic magnetism, the nature of gravity, and possibly even life beyond Earth.

Professor Brian Boyle describes the instrument as a ‘telescope of astronomical superlatives.’

Watch Prof. Brian Schmidt, SKA Australia Director Prof. Brian Boyle and our very own Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith as they discuss in-depth, this innovative and far reaching astronomical project and the science that may result.

This recent discussion was a part of Science and Technology Australia’s Topical Science Forums, a joint initiative with Inspiring Australia.

You can find out more about the SKA here.