The Guardian looks at the Square Kilometre Array, the most powerful radio array located in the most isolated and radio quiet places in the world. These radio telescopes will listen to the very distant noises from the furthest corners of the universe.
The telescope will be perhaps 10,000 times more powerful than any we currently have, and we will need a supercomputer more advanced than anything yet built to analyse the data it produces. Right now we can spot planets circling around distant stars. The SKA will be able to spot the equivalent of an airport radar system on one of those very, very distant planets.
It will also allow us to dig down into the ancient history of our universe, and there’s no knowing what it will find there, or what it will mean for us.
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