Tuning in the sky with the Square Kilometre Array
Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites the public to 'Tuning in the sky with the Square Kilometre Array', a presentation by Mike Lyons.
While we have been hearing about the Square Kilometre Array for over a decade now, it still remains a daunting technical challenge to build and operate a radio telescope of such scale. The SKA is head quartered at the famous Jodrell Bank radio observatory in the UK, and the actual receivers will be constructed in remote regions of Western Australia and Karoo in South Africa. This truly international effort will produce unprecedented views of the sky and probe the very beginnings of our Universe.
While the planned size is enormous, the actual components are surprisingly simple. This talk will explore the inner workings of one of the SKA demonstrator telescopes, how its simple construction produces a vast amount of data, and how this will yield possible discoveries that we haven't yet imagined!
The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday April 21st at the BAREC club room, 20 Longlea Lane, Longlea. A gold coin donation would be appreciated. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. For more information, contact Ian Gillard on 0417 015 735.