May 6, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

First ever Trans-Tasman Virtual e-Telescope

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Researchers from AUT Universitys Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR), Australias CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), the University of Tasmania and Curtin University will use a technique known as Very Long Baseline Interferometry (eVLBI) to collect huge amounts of data simultaneously from five radio telescopes observing a very remote quasar.

All the radio telescopes will be operated remotely from AUTs Warkworth Observatory. Data will be streamed from the telescopes to the Narrabri, NSW processing centre via KAREN and its Australian counterpart AARNet, processed in real time, and the results will be immediately seen on a big screen in Warkworth.

This demonstration is an important step in the Australasian SKA (Square Kilometre Array) bid, which will be based on exactly the same eVLBI technique, says Gulyaev. We are excited to try out this technology and show what is possible when Australia and New Zealand radio astronomers join forces.

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