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The first of 36 identical 12-metre dishes that will make up the ASKAP telescope, the antenna was assembled over the Australian summer at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in the Mid West region of Western Australia.

The first ASKAP antenna – 12m in diameter and 18m high – has an extremely innovative design, having three moving axes (altitude, azimuth and polarisation) whereby the entire dish rotates in unison with the sky. This unusual feature enables very sensitive images of the sky to be observed with the antenna’s phased array receiver or "radio camera", making the processing of the signals much simpler than with conventional designs.

Once built, ASKAP will be operated by CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science division which provides radio-astronomy facilities for use by Australian and international scientists. ASKAP will allow astronomers to answer questions about cosmic magnetism, and the evolution and formation of galaxies, and to assist i

Photographer : Dave DeBoer on January 18 2010.

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