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New project on the hunt for intelligent life

John Kerr posted in on July 22nd, 2015.

The search for extra-terrestrial life has been re-invigorated by a new initiative launched by British cosmologist Stephen Hawking and funded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner. The newly announced Breakthrough Initiative claims to be the largest ever scientific research program aimed at finding evidence of civilizations beyond Earth. Radio telescopes in the US and Australia […]

Flying NASA telescope in Christchurch skies

John Kerr posted in on July 16th, 2013.

A NASA telescope will be scanning the skies above Christchurch for the next few weeks — flying 12km up in the air, mounted in the back of a modified Boeing 747. NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is the world’s largest airborne astronomical observatory, complementing NASA’s space telescopes as well as major Earth-based telescopes. […]

Political pressure may split SKA between two continents

Peter Griffin posted in on April 11th, 2012.

Political lobbying may claw back some chance for New Zealand to participate in the $US2 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the  world’s biggest telescope array. New Zealand joined Australia in a joint proposal for a trans-Tasman SKA with 3000 radio telescopes — many of them in the Western Australia desert and one or two in […]

A scientific project of epic proportions – the SKA

Peter Griffin posted in on April 23rd, 2009.

It’ll be one of the biggest scientific projects since the Large Hadron Collider was constructed beneath the Franco-Swiss border and could massively advance what we know about the universe and how it was formed. And a global competition to host the Square Kilometre Array project also means New Zealand may get to play a significant […]

Radio telescope unveiled at Warkworth

Peter Griffin posted in on October 8th, 2008.

Media coverage of the radio telescope launch NBR: Clark, Cunliffe, Hodgson MIA as AUT cuts ribbon on $4b megascience bid NBR: In pictures – the AUT radio telescope goes live New Zealand Herald: NZ bids for starring role in cosmic search Computerworld:Radio telescope project sees the light TVNZ: AUT probes secrets of space For more […]

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