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ASKAP Radio Telescopes in Motion

By: Alex Cherney

 

Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Western Australia - Australia

Spot: Murchison

Date: September 2012

A timelapse video of the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescopes under the starry sky of the Western Australia. ASKAP comprises 36 radio dishes, each with a diameter of 12 meters, making the telescope sensitive to faint radiation from the Milky Way and giving it the ability to detect very distant galaxies. From the photographer: "The monotonous flatness of the Western Australian outback is interrupted by the tall antennae of SKAP Radio Telescope. The night sky is majestically dark with no man-made lights for as far as eye would see. The dishes are slowly turning following the path of stars. Sounds like stargazer's haven... Murchison Radio-astronomy observatory is one of the most radio-quiet places in the World and not many people come by. The ASKAP will have a total collecting area of approximately 4,000 square metres." Alex Cherney, Terrastro.com

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