Ready to build world’s biggest radio telescope

One of the grand scientific projects of the 21st Century begins its construction phase on Monday. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the largest radio telescope in the world when completed in 2028.

Split across South Africa and Australia, with a headquarters in the UK, the facility will address the biggest questions in astrophysics. It will perform the most precise tests of Einstein’s theories, and even search for extra-terrestrials.

“This is the moment it becomes real,” said Prof Phil Diamond, director general of the Square Kilometer Array Organization. “It’s been a 30-year journey. The first 10 years were about developing the concepts and ideas. The second 10 was spent doing the technology development. And then the last decade was about detailed design, securing the sites, getting governments to agree to set up a treaty organisation (SKAO) and provide the funds to start,” he told BBC News.

Cripes! I’d love to be part of THIS construction project.

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