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NZ to play key role in SKA telescope

John Kerr posted in on November 27th, 2013.

New Zealand research groups have been confirmed to play a critical role in the development one of the the world’s largest and most ambitious science projects – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. AUT University and Victoria University of Wellington will lead two work areas in the pre-construction of the SKA. These two areas […]

SKA in SA – Astronomy for Africa

John Kerr posted in on May 29th, 2012.

In a guest post for the Australian science site The Conversation,  Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Dean of Engineering at University of Johannesburg, discusses the scientific, financial and political implications of hosting the Square Kilometre Array – at least in part. It was announced on Friday that the radio telescope project would be split between competing South […]

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Dual site decision for SKA – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 26th, 2012.

After many months of waiting, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation has finally announced that the massive telescope array will be shared between Australia-NZ and South Africa. The SKA Organisation made the announcement late on Friday at a meeting in Amsterdam. See the announcement here. More information and images are available on the Australian SKA […]

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 […]

The SKA bid – an insider’s perspective

John Kerr posted in on February 2nd, 2012.

Lisa Harvey-Smith, a scientist working for the CSIRO in Australia, writes about the impending decision on the Square Kilometre Array for the science website The Conversation. (reproduced here under Creative Commons licence). Australia’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array – an insider’s perspective Australia and New Zealand could be on the brink of a major […]

Dom Post: NZ may put up $30m to join outer-universe study

Peter Griffin posted in on February 15th, 2010.

Kiran Chug of the Dominion Post reports on the joint NZ-Australia bid to be a part of the ‘world’s biggest science project’. The bid, in competition with South Africa, is for the Square Kilometer Array – a giant set of telescopes which would be used to gather data about the universe.  A conference is being […]

Southland Times: Govt jumps on board SKA bid

Peter Griffin posted in on August 24th, 2009.

A piece in the Southland Times on the Government’s official support of Australia’s big to host the Square Kilometre Array. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Venture Southland has pushed Southland’s case to have a SKA station in Awarua, since 2004. “Venture Southland enterprise project manager Robin McNeil estimated installation of a station, comprising 50 […]

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 […]

Kiwis back Aussie bid for radio telescope

Peter Griffin posted in on August 19th, 2008.

What is the Square Kilometre Array? A network of antennas working at centimetre to metre wavelengths with 100 times the sensitivity of the largest existing arrays. Australia is jostling for position with South Africa in its bid to host and build what could be the most powerful radio telescope in the world. The Australian plan […]

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