Space geeks should check out this free talk next Tuesday from 6pm at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.
Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith is CSIRO’s Project Scientist on Australia’s bid to win the giant Square Kilometre Array project. This is a massive project of some 3000 radio astronomy dishes and arrays with a total surface area of (you guessed it) a square kilometre. This would be scattered over a massive area in the Murchison Desert in WA – if the international committee decide in Australia’s favour. But even if rival South Africa wins the bid, Murchison is going ahead to a lesser but still huge degree – more than 30 dishes have already been commissioned out there.
The event details say that Harvey-Smith “will take us on a journey of discovery about the Big Bang, its aftermath and what the next generation of telescopes might tell us about the eventual fate of the universe.”
And Twitter users wanting to keep right up to date with the SKA bid deliberations can follow Project Director Brian Boyle: @BrianBoyleSKA
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