Tuesday, 05 Apr, 2011 Science

Construction of World's Biggest Telescope One Step Closer to Becoming Reality


The creation of the world's largest telescope is one step closer to becoming reality. This is because the 9 national governmental and research organizations managed to set up a founding board. The nations working on the project are: Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.

It would be interesting to note that the cost of the project is 1.5 billion Euros. The project will represent the most sensitive and biggest radio telescope on the planet.

According to the team working on the SKA project, the telescope will help answer some of the most fundamental questions regarding the universe, including questions on the birth of planets and galaxies. It will also provide more data on the dark matter and even help scientists look for extraterrestrial life.

The telescope will boast a huge collecting area, being composed of thousands of small radio dishes. Its sensitivity will be 50 times that of the best telescopes in the world today. It will also boast a survey speed that will be 10,000 times the speed of the modern telescopes currently used around the globe.

The construction is expected to start by 2016 with South Africa or Australia being the first nations where the project will start becoming reality. The project is hoped to be finished by 2024, reports The Register.

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