New Australian telescope maps millions of galaxies at record speed

The ASKAP telescope is a collection of dishes across the remote Western Australia desert.

(CNN)Australian scientists have used a powerful new telescope to map about 3 million galaxies at record-breaking speed -- creating what they say is a "Google Map of the universe."

The Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), a radio telescope located in outback Western Australia, mapped the galaxies in just 300 hours, or 12.5 days. This is a significant increase from previous surveys, which have taken years.
The result is a new atlas of the universe, according to Australian science agency CSIRO, which developed and operates the telescope.
    "ASKAP is applying the very latest in science and technology to age-old questions about the mysteries of the universe and equipping astronomers around the world with new breakthroughs to solve their challenges," said CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall in a statement on Tuesday.
      It marks the first time ASKAP has been tested in its entirety. The new map covers 83% of the entire sky and shows our galaxies in unprecedented detail.
      Scientists also expect to find tens of millions of new galaxies in future ASKAP surveys, lead author and CSIRO astronomer David McConnell said.