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“Please don’t attempt to interact with native wildlife … or collect flowers or stones” seems an odd thing to hear at the launch of a radio telescope, but those words were intoned today at the ribbon-cutting function for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). The …

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"kangaroos are more prevalent than people"

Since there are ~60 million kangaroos in a country with a population of just over 20 million (nearly all of whom live in a few cities), you've described 99% of the surface area of Australia.

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Of course there are more kangaroos than people

Otherwise how would we get to work when the regular kangaroo gets sick?

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I am surprised they use dishes at all

The LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) is using a phased array approach. Much cheaper, no moving parts.

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"and the facility will eventually become part of the SKA"

Will they make a song and dance over it?

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Perhaps

they will only see in two-tones

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"My Boffin Lollipop" ...

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Speak to the sky and tell you how I feel...

Good job boffins and boffinesses!

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Capturing radiation that has been travelling through space since before this rock of ours even coalesced out of star-stuff.

Awesome.

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arithmomanian joy

good news for people that like counting for no real reason.

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Am I the only one

Who wants to place a Hand Of Nod or Tesla Coil between those dishes?

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Did Megan really say ...

South Australia, or did she say South Africa?

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"OUR OWN universe"?

Umm, who owns all the others then?

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More detail please, we're technical folk here and can take it

Never mind the size of each dish, what is the size of the array (aperture)? What frequency bands will it look at?

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