Designing and building radio telescopes in amazing locations

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“We have a great relationship with AARNet and excellent communications between our teams. Over the last  decade, AARNet has put a lot of thought and a lot of assistance into the infrastructure to help us – without without AARNet we would not be uncovering the secrets of the universe”

Watch the AARNet interview with Steven Tingay, Director of the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy based at Curtin University. He is clearly passionate about what he does for a living: designing and building telescopes in amazing locations such as outback Western Australia, and then using them to look back in time at the first formations of stars and galaxies.

He talks about the MWA (Murchison Widefield Array), a low frequency radio telescope located in the Murchison region of WA, and the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) project to build the world’s largest telescope co-located in Murchison Western Australia and southern Africa. AARNet has provisioned the 10Gbps link to transport the massive volumes of data generated by the radio telescopes the 800 kms from Murchison down to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth for processing. He also talks about the role AARNet is currently playing in the design of the SKA.




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