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The radio telescope will use components from the cellphone industry to capture and turn radio waves emitted six to 11 billion years ago into a massive three-dimensional map of a quarter of the observable universe — the biggest such map to date.
"It's almost like time travel," said Kris Sigurdson, an astrophysicist from UBC and co-investigator on the project. "It's looking back into the past and how the universe was at that time and it's just amazing."
Mark Halpern, an astrophysicist from UBC who is also the project's principal investigator, said a NASA project known as the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) found the universe has expanded by a factor of 1,000 in every direction since the light we currently see was given off.
Originally posted by ManFromEurope
Well, there is a map for about a quarter of the observable sky: Sloan Digital Sky Survey. There will be more data when SDSS 3 is completed.
The universe looks like this:
Originally posted by Teye22
This thing will be huge, larger than 6 NHL hockey rinks