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Gigantic radio telescope more than 8000 kilometres across!

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posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 03:45 PM
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Australian and Korean radio telescopes have been linked together for the first time, forming a system acting as a gigantic telescope more than 8000 kilometres across and with 100 times the resolving power of the Hubble Space Telescope.


The radio telescope at Ulsan, Korea - used in the Australia-Korea linkup. Photo: Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute


The telescopes observed the same target simultaneously for five hours and their data was streamed in real time over optical fibre links to Curtin University in Perth, WA, where it was processed "on the fly" at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.
The data was sent from each telescope at the rate of 64 MB per second - equivalent to filling a CD every ten seconds.



The astronomers targeted a galaxy that emits strongly in radio waves - a source called J0854+2006, which was chosen because it was suitable for the tests. It is located 3.5 billion light-years away, and is thought to house a pair of supermassive black holes at its centre.



QSO J0854+2006 -- BL Lac - type object


One of these is among the largest black holes known, with a mass of more than 18 billion times that of the Sun: it is orbited once every 11 to 12 years by a smaller black hole with a mass 100 million times that of the Sun. The two black holes are spiralling together and are expected to merge in less than ten thousand years' time, an event that would release huge amounts of radiation.


Read the whole article at CSIRO site




posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 04:32 PM
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Cewl, can't wait until they get some radio telescopes on the moon and at the Lagrange points, then we will really have an awesome radio-telescope array. Remember that radio-astronomy is quite limited here on earth due to the absorption of radio-waves by the atmosphere.



posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 10:22 PM
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Uh....how far away is that test black hole?
The collision would be some kind of earth ending event would it?
Showering us with radiation like gamma rays etc?
im only asking.



posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 10:41 PM
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The astronomers targeted a galaxy that emits strongly in radio waves - a source called J0854+2006, which was chosen because it was suitable for the tests. It is located 3.5 billion light-years away, and is thought to house a pair of supermassive black holes at its centre.


Very far
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