EU Space Week - banner

SKAO builds two large telescopes in South Africa and Australia

SKAO headquarters in Manchester, UK. Photo: SKAO

Paris, 5 February 2021. – One in Australia, the other one in South Africa: The UK-based observatory organization SKAO launched “a new era for radio astronomy”, building and operating “the two largest and most complex radio telescope networks ever conceived to address fundamental questions about our universe”, SKAO said.

The organization headquartered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Jodrell Bank in Manchester is building one super large telescope in South Africa, composed of 197 dishes of 15 metres diameter  (64 of which already exist), and another one in Australia, composed of a stunning 131,072 two-metre-tall antennas located on the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, SKAO said.

SKAO sees itself as “the world’s second intergovernmental organisation to be dedicated to astronomy”.

The creation of SKAO follows a decade of detailed work under the supervision of its predecessor,  the SKA Organisation, SKAO said, supported by more than 500 engineers, over 1,000 scientists and dozens of policy-makers in more than 20 countries. It is “the result of 30 years of thinking and research and development since discussions first took place about developing a next-generation radio telescope”.

Check Also

#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: ISU SSP22 Special – Team Project – Microgravity enables a better life on Earth

Microgravity enables a better life on Earth – The case of protein crystallization from a TP of the SSP 2022 edition in Portugal. A 3Is (international-intercultural-interdisciplinary) team of 22 participants of the SSP2022 in Portugal has intensively brainstormed this summer to identify the business potential of doing research in space-based microgravity conditions.