With the latest radio telescopes recording more than 200 terabytes of data daily, our astronomers have to find a way to sift through data quickly and effectively. That’s why they’ve created computers with brains.
The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, is a next-generation radio telescope that will be vastly more sensitive than the best present-day instruments. It will give astronomers remarkable insights into the formation of the early Universe, including the emergence of the first stars, galaxies and other structures. We caught up with research engineer Mia Baquiran to find out more about this amazing new instrument and her role in getting it off the ground and into the skies.
After months of running in test-mode, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope is now gathering data at an incredible rate to give us a new look at how our universe works.
It’s almost impossible for any human to spot something unknown or unusual in the massive amount of data collected by our telescopes. So we’re teaching an intelligent machine to search the data for us.
Astronomers thought giant galaxies were formed by lots of little galaxies coming together – like rugby players in a scrum. The galaxies would be getting hot and sweaty, grunting a bit, and there’d be general mayhem. We’ve found there’s a scrum going on, but it’s happening in a pool of stuff – like underwater rugby.
A bright flash in the sky gives has given us some clues about what lies between galaxies.
Breakthrough Listen — the largest search for extraterrestrial life — has launched today at our Parkes radio telescope, turning its mighty eye on the ‘exo-Earth’ Proxima b.
NASA will be able to better support future robotic and human space missions with the completion and full operation of a new antenna dish at our Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.
After a decade of analysis and thousands of hours of observing time, we have a brand new view of the Milky Way.