The initial stage of unprecedented radio telescope activity has been officially opened in Australia.
The project will explore the universe in search of new galaxies, black holes, planets, and even intelligent extraterrestrial life.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), has finalized the construction of a radio telescope at the Murchison Radio Astronomy Observatory, situated some 300 kilometers northeast of Geraldton, in Western Australia.
The director of the CSIRO SKA project Brian Boyle said that the 36 dish Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) will “really push the boundaries of our knowledge of the physical laws in the universe”.
The search for extraterrestrial life is going to be “almost a parallel activity to all the survey work that’s being done”, Boyle said.