Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Trans-Tasman Virtual e-Telescope goes live

On the 8th of February, five radio telescopes across Australia and New Zealand were linked up to observe a quasar star - PKS 0208-512.

The virtual telescope project, which is a cooperation between CSIRO, Curtain University, the University of Tasmania and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), used the electronic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (e-VLBI) technique, the same technique that will be used within the Square Kilometer Array.

The data was received in real time by the five radio telescopes, and transferred across the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNET) and the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (KAREN) to a processing centre in Narrabri, NSW, where the results were put together in real time.

The Trans-Tasman Virtual e-Telescope is another step forward in Australian and New Zealand's bid to host the Square Kilometer Array Facility, by demonstrating the technologies required to support the facility.

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