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Using Talk Radio To Track Space Debris
2013-12-02 12:42:54

[ Watch the Video: Listening Up For Space Debris ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Top-40 mixes being played over the FM airwaves are helping scientists locate space junk orbiting around our planet. Australian astronomers are using pop songs, talk radio and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) to help prevent catastrophic space junk collisions. As radio waves bounce around, they deflect off thousands of objects orbiting the Earth, which the team is able to take...

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...

Western Australian State Government Invests $26M In Astronomy And The Square Kilometre Array
2013-08-16 17:13:42

ICRAR The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), based in Perth, Western Australia has been extended for another five years thanks to a $26M investment announced by WA Premier Colin Barnett today. The $26M from the Western Australian State Government will allow ICRAR’s local activities in science and with industry to continue, but will also expand the high tech and scientific capabilities of the State. A joint venture between Curtin University and The University of...

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...

Seeing The Early Universe In A New Way
2013-07-10 11:57:08

ICRAR Solar storms, space junk and the formation of the Universe are about to be seen in an entirely new way with the start of operations today by the $51 million Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope. The first of three international precursors to the $2 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, the MWA is located in a remote pocket of outback Western Australia. It is the result of an international project led by Curtin University and was officially turned on this...

Billions Could Be Saved By New Telescope
2012-11-30 20:32:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new telescope in Australia could potentially help save the world billions of dollars by providing early warning of massive solar storms. The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope was unveiled on Friday and its ability to keep an eye on the Sun could provide early warning to prevent damage to communication satellites, electric power grids and GPS navigation systems. The low-frequency radio telescope will be capable...

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...

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2007-01-08 13:15:00

Seattle, WA - Astronomers have proposed an improved method of searching for intelligent extraterrestrial life using instruments like one now under construction in Australia. The Low Frequency Demonstrator (LFD) of the Mileura Wide-Field Array (MWA), a facility for radio astronomy, theoretically could detect Earth-like civilizations around any of the 1,000 nearest stars. "Soon, we may be eavesdropping on signals from Galactic civilizations," says theorist Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian...


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