Super telescope will search for secrets of the universe

Story highlights

  • The world's largest radio telescope will uncover secrets of the history and future of the universe
  • Extraterrestrial life may also be detected by Square Kilometer Array telescope
  • 3,000 dishes will be used in an array which will spread over massive area
  • South Africa and Australia bidding to host the project which will start construction in 2016
It's been billed as an astronomical equivalent of the Large Hadron Collider, offering new insights into the formation of the universe and so powerful that it might even detect alien life.
The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is an international effort to build the world's largest radio telescope, one which will probe the dark heart of space shedding new light on dark matter, black holes, stars and galaxies.
"It will have a deep impact on the way we perceive our place in the universe and how we understand its history and its future," says Michiel van Haarlem, interim director general of the SKA project.
"We know we are going to discover things that we haven't already. It's going to be very exciting," van Haarlem said.
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