26 September 2023

World’s top telescope to point out of WA

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Work has begun on Western Australia’s contribution to the world’s largest radio telescope, with Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic a guest at the ground-breaking ceremony on Wajarri Yamaji Country, 800 kilometres north of Perth.

The Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) involves the international collaboration of 16 countries, including WA representing Australia.

Mr Husic said the project was an extraordinary feat of astronomy, scientific infrastructure and international cooperation.

“This first-of-its-kind technology will allow astronomers to tackle fundamental scientific questions, ranging from the birth of the Universe to the origins of life,” Mr Husic said.

“We also expect the SKA to attract an estimated $1.8 billion in foreign income flows to Australia over its first 30 years and create around 350 medium-term jobs.”

WA Minister for Science, Roger Cook said he was proud to support the SKA project and welcomed its global impact.

“SKAO will be the world’s largest and most capable low-frequency radio telescope,” Mr Cook said.

“Data collected in Western Australia will expand our very understanding of the Universe and drive technological developments across the globe,” he said.

“Beyond the scientific benefits, the SKA project will provide jobs for engineers, scientists and technicians around the world, including in Western Australia.”

The Minister said Western Australia would continue to work collaboratively with the Australian Government, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, SKAO and the Wajarri Yamaji community to ensure the benefits of the project were delivered at home and abroad.

Detailed information about the project can be accessed at this PS News link with informative photos and images on this link.

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