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CSIRO telescope marks 25 years of success

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Posted August 27, 2013
CSIRO telescope marks 25 years of success

CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array. Credit: David Smyth

One of the world’s most successful astronomy observatories, CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri, New South Wales (NSW), turns 25 years of age on 2 September.

CSIRO will celebrate with a public Open Day at the telescope site on 1 September, then a formal ceremony and a scientific meeting.

The Compact Array is a set of six dishes that work together as one much larger radio telescope. It lies between the towns of Narrabri and Wee Waa in northwest NSW, about 500 km from Sydney, at CSIRO’s Paul Wild Observatory.

Black holes, exploding stars, magnetic fields in space, galaxies at the edge of the observable universe: the Compact Array studies them all.

The universe is a huge natural laboratory and astronomers study it to observe nature at its most extreme.

“Every possible experiment is being played out somewhere in the universe,” said Dr. Jamie Stevens, CSIRO’s Senior Systems Scientist for the Compact Array.

The Compact Array has given us the first 3D picture of the radiation belts around Jupiter, the first good evidence linking exploding stars with flashes of gamma rays, and the first image showing how gas churns in interstellar space.

 

Read more at: Phys.org

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