New telescope quadruples fast radio burst count in just one year

In just one year of peering up at the Universe, a new telescope in Canada has quadrupled the number of fast radio bursts (FRBs) ever spotted. First discovered in 2007, these immensely powerful flashes of radio waves last mere millisecond but are as brilliant as the brightest galaxies. They appear without warning from random points … Continue reading New telescope quadruples fast radio burst count in just one year

Engineering the Square Kilometre Array

The largest, most powerful telescope ever conceived – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is going to have over a hundred thousand radiotelescopes spread across Australia and South Africa. Its purpose – to look further out into the universe, and further back in time, than any telescope before. It is, quite simply, the biggest astronomy project … Continue reading Engineering the Square Kilometre Array