Thursday, January 26, 2006

A Telescope So Big It Can Pick UP Alien TV!

Astronomers from around the world are seeing stars after hearing the world's largest telescope will get the funding it needs to be built.

Called the Square Kilometer Array, the new international radio telescope will have a collecting area of one million square meters, 200 times larger than the University of Manchester's Lovell Telescope.

For more than four decades the Lovell has been the largest radio telescope available for astronomers, but the new SKA will now dwarf its 4560 square meters of collection space.

Design of the SKA will not be complete until at least 2010 and construction won't be complete until 2020. But when it is operational scientists will be able to test Einstein's Theory of Relativity and locate and weigh a billion galaxies by measuring hydrogen gas radio emissions.

And yes, if an alien planet orbiting any nearby star is broadcasting television signals the SKA will detect that too....

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