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“Please don’t attempt to interact with native wildlife … or collect flowers or stones” seems an odd thing to hear at the launch of a radio telescope, but those words were intoned today at the ribbon-cutting function for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). …


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  1. Chris Miller

    "kangaroos are more prevalent than people"

    Since there are ~60 million kangaroos in a country with a population of just over 20 million (nearly all of whom live in a few cities), you've described 99% of the surface area of Australia.

    1. Esskay

      Of course there are more kangaroos than people

      Otherwise how would we get to work when the regular kangaroo gets sick?

  2. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    I am surprised they use dishes at all

    The LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) is using a phased array approach. Much cheaper, no moving parts.

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  3. Elmer Phud

    "and the facility will eventually become part of the SKA"

    Will they make a song and dance over it?

    1. micheal


      they will only see in two-tones

    2. Armando 123

      "My Boffin Lollipop" ...

  4. Winkypop Silver badge

    Speak to the sky and tell you how I feel...

    Good job boffins and boffinesses!

  5. Mako

    Capturing radiation that has been travelling through space since before this rock of ours even coalesced out of star-stuff.


  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    arithmomanian joy

    good news for people that like counting for no real reason.

  7. Gordon 10 Silver badge

    Am I the only one

    Who wants to place a Hand Of Nod or Tesla Coil between those dishes?

  8. ifconfig

    Did Megan really say ...

    South Australia, or did she say South Africa?

  9. John Angelico

    "OUR OWN universe"?

    Umm, who owns all the others then?

  10. The last doughnut

    More detail please, we're technical folk here and can take it

    Never mind the size of each dish, what is the size of the array (aperture)? What frequency bands will it look at?

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