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World’s largest telescope array gets go-ahead for construction

Image: Carolina Ödman [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

“Ecstatic” Square Kilometre Array head hails major step towards “largest science facility of its kind”

The green light has been given to assemble the vast jigsaw of high-tech equipment that will eventually number thousands of dishes and a million antennas, forming the world’s most sensitive radio telescope.

On 29 June, the international Square Kilometre Array Observatory announced that member states of its governing council had given their approval for construction crews to break ground on SKA-Low and SKA-Mid projects in Australia and South Africa.

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