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TheSkyNet Celebrating Second Anniversary
2013-09-13 09:22:04

ICRAR TheSkyNet is celebrating its two year anniversary today with the official launch of a new research project, as well as a range of improvements and new features to make contributing to astronomical research at home more enjoyable, and even easier. Launched on September 13th 2011, theSkyNet is a community computing project dedicated to astronomy, initiated by the International Centre of Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Perth, Western Australia. By using the idle processing...

Age Of Astronomy Big Data Is Already Here
2013-07-23 09:11:39

ICRAR High-performance computing specialists from Perth's International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) today became the first users of one of Australia's leading supercomputing facilities -- the Pawsey Centre -- ahead of its official opening later this year. The recent launch of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) -- a radio telescope based in Western Australia's Mid West -- marked the start of an impressive flow of astronomical data that will be stored in the iVEC-managed...

How Does Hydrogen Drive Star Formation In Galaxies
2013-06-13 05:00:58

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A major field of study in astronomy seeks to understand how galaxies form and evolve. One advantage that we possess is that as we study the light from the most distant galaxies, we are effectively looking back in time, seeing the oldest galaxies in the Universe when they were still young. But there is a problem: the farther away the galaxies are, the more difficult they are to study. This is the issue faced by...

Australia's Astronomy And Space Science Research Has New Leader
2013-01-31 12:06:36

CSIRO CSIRO's astronomy, spacecraft tracking and space science activities will be headed up by a new leader, with the announcement today that Dr Lewis Ball has been appointed as the incoming Chief for CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) division. Dr Ball returns to CSIRO from his present role as Deputy Director at the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) located in Chile. There he has led the successful commencement of ALMA's scientific operation, currently the...

Wallaby And Dingo Telescopes Set To Find 700,000 New Galaxies In 2013
2012-12-31 06:55:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australian astronomers are expecting two sky surveys will be on par to discover some 700,000 new galaxies in 2013. The sky surveys, named Wallaby and Dingo, were officially opened earlier this year as part of the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (Askap). The $105 million Askap is located in a remote desert region of Western Australia, roughly 200 miles from Geraldton. Askap consists of 36 dishes, each 39 feet wide,...

New Australian Telescope Could Find 700,000 Galaxies
2012-11-09 19:34:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Australian researchers wrote in a paper published Sunday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that there could be another 700,000 galaxies out there ready to be found by a new telescope. The researchers have combined computer simulations with CSIRO´s next-generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) specifications to predict the new telescope's extraordinary capabilities....

Citizen Scientist For theSkyNet Gets Once In A Lifetime Experience
2012-11-05 09:11:40

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research Last week the top contributor to citizen science initiative theSkyNet traveled to the heart of the West Australian outback to visit the future site of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. Mr Kim Hawtin, top contributor to the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) project, was awarded this rare opportunity as part of theSkyNet´s first anniversary celebrations in September. ICRAR Outreach and...

Australia Unveils ASKAP Telescope
2012-10-05 21:32:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Australia has unveiled a new $155 million telescope that could start to capture radio images as soon as today. The Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is one of the world's fastest telescopes and sits in Australia's outback. ASKAP has 36 antennas with a diameter of 40 feet each and forms part of the world's biggest radio telescope projects. The telescope is located at the Murchison Radio-Astronomy...

New Director General Appointed For World’s Largest Telescope Project
2012-09-05 10:00:49

The SKA Organisation Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Philip Diamond as Director General of the SKA Organisation. Professor Diamond will provide overall leadership for the SKA Organisation, the international coordinating body for the SKA telescope. The SKA will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built; it will enable astronomers to glimpse the formation and evolution of the very first stars and galaxies after the Big Bang,...


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