Astronomy

South Africa and the launch of radio telescope Kuntuse

South African Science and Technology Minister will join Ghanaian President to officially launch Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Kuntuse radio telesope. Anita Loots, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa Head, said that it is a very important moment for the international science community. Once the radio telescope in...

Africa’s new radio telescope

According to a report of “Scientific America”, Ghana gets the first functioning radio telescope on the continent outside South Africa. The engineers worked to convert an old telecommunications into a functioning radio telescope, in fact Ghana is part of the large Square Kilometre Area (SKA) project and the conversion was...

The powerful radio telescope ASKAP operative within 12 months

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope is located in the hearth of the Murchison, about 350 kilometres of Geraldton, the telescope is made up of 36 identical 12-metre wide dish antennas, with a third of them currently operational. The ASKAP telescope will investigate about 600,000 galaxies, hundreds...

New funding for the HERA radio telescope project

HERA, or Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array, is a radio telescope project headed by UC Berkeley professor of astronomy Aaron Parsons. This project incorporated around 60 members from different universities. HERA wants to develop a system to create the largest three-dimensional map of the universe by observing hydrogen, the early...

The largest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere

The largest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, MeerKAT telescope, is still under construction, but it is also ready to return valuable scientific information. MeerKAT is a radio telescope under construction in Karoo, a semi-desert natural region of South Africa and it is probably integrated into the Square Kilometre Array...

The works for the largest radio telescope in the world have been completed

On July 3rd, 2016 the construction of the largest radiotelescope in the world has been completed.  FAST (Five-hundred-meter-Aperture Spherical radio Telescope) was built in China and its concept was first proposed in 1994, but because of the logistical setbacks of finding an appropriate site for the enormous dish, the construction works...

A fast-burst-finding upgrade for the Europe’s biggest radiotelescope

The Effelsberg radio dish at the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, is one of the world’s largest fully-steerable radiotelescopes. It will be upgraded using a technology developed by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. A new Phased Array Feed (PAF), currently under testing and calibration, will be set to...

Radio telescopes: the astronomical observation is reaching very high levels of quality

Today radio telescopes have achieved a higher resolution and have more abilities to discern fine detail. The astronomical observation is reaching very high levels of quality. Astronomers promise to advance the understanding of quasars, supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies. A lot of achievements were obtained by scientists’ conjunction of the Russian...

The LOFAR radio telescope expands into Ireland

LOFAR (Low-Frequency Array for Radio astronomy) is the largest connected radio telescope in the world: there are 50 stations in the network spread across six partner countries, with 38 in the Netherlands, six in Germany, three in Poland, and one each in France, Sweden, and Britain. This year a LOFAR station will...

The Sardinia Radio Telescope

The Sardinia Radio Telescope is the largest radio telescope and the most technologically advanced in Italy. It originated from a collaboration between National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Sardinia Region; it costs approximately 70 million of euros and it is located near San Basilio, province of Cagliari. Completed in 2011,...