New Australian telescope maps Universe at record speed

A powerful new telescope developed by Australian scientists has mapped 3 million galaxies with a record

speed.The Askap (Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder) satellite has broken all previous records in its first survey of the entire southern sky. The device coped with this task in 300 hours.

Scientists used a telescope at an observatory in Western Australia to observe 83% of the sky. As a result, a new atlas of the Universe appeared, it turned out to be more detailed than all analogues.

During the study, millions of star-like points were mapped. Most of them are distant galaxies, CSIRO reports. About a million of these distant galaxies have never been seen before.

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According to lead author and astronomer CSIRODavid McConnell, scientists expect to find tens of millions of new galaxies in future research. The telescope mapped the sky with unprecedented speed and detail. CSIRO claims that all-sky surveys can now be completed in weeks rather than years.

The device has a wide viewing angle, it allowsTake panoramic shots of the sky in high detail. The quality of the telescope's receivers means that scientists only need to combine 903 images to form a complete map of the sky. Other large telescopes require tens of thousands of images to do this.

Then the CSIRO software and hardware,custom made, processed 13.5 exabytes (13.5 billion gigabytes) of raw data. "The study proves that we are ready to make a giant leap forward in the field of radio astronomy," - said the scientists.

Initial results appeared in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia.

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