The Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, has been enhanced with a special receiver.
This $ 2.5 million receiver can capture and identify radio frequencies between 700MHz and 4GHz, much better than its predecessor. Thanks to the new device, the radio telescope will be able, with even greater precision, to look for gravitational waves emitted by black holes, to map the magnetic fields of the Milky Way, and to study neutron stars. Australia’s National Science Agency has installed the new receiver to renew the radio telescope’s abilities and remain competitive in astronomical discovery. The Parkes radio telescope is one of three that make up the Australia Telescope National Facility.
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