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Korean Connection Makes 8,000-km Telescope

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Australian and Korean radio telescopes have been linked together for the first time, forming a system acting as a gigantic telescope more than 8000 kilometres across and with 100 times the resolving power of the Hubble Space Telescope.

“This is another step in Australia’s ongoing collaboration with Asia in the field of radio astronomy,” said CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Chief, Dr Philip Diamond.

Australia has been making similar linkups with Japan and China for many years, and now is also doing initial tests with telescopes in India.

Combining signals from widely separated telescopes in this way is the technique that will underlie the coming international mega-scope, the Square Kilometre Array or SKA.

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A Boost for European Radio Astronomy

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Credit: ESO/ALMA (; SPDO/TDP/DRAO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions.

Credit: ESO/ALMA (; SPDO/TDP/DRAO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions.

The European astronomy collaboration RadioNet has been granted 9.5 million Euros by the European Commission to fund its latest program,RadioNet3, for the years 2012 to 2015. RadioNet is responsible for improving the capabilities of, and enhancing access to, major radio astronomy facilities in Europe and beyond. This third iteration not only continues the two preceding RadioNet projects, but also takes a leap forward in stimulating new activities in research and development for the existing radio infrastructures, in synergy with telescopes of the future. These include the recently opened Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) and – upcoming in the next decade – the biggest radio telescope in the world – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn is leading the RadioNet3 consortium of 27 partners. It includes all major European radio institutions, as well as partners South Korea, Australia and South Africa.