It’s literally massive.
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The JWST may have stolen the spotlight in space, but back on Earth there’s a new record-breaking telescope in the works.
It’s destined to be the largest radio telescope ever built, taking up one cumulative square kilometer (a million square meters) between sites in South Africa and Australia.
This behemoth of an observatory, named SKA for short, will employ a network of thousands of antennae to detect distant radio frequencies in space.
On December 5, researchers and officials celebrated the start of construction at both sites.
For now, animations and footage of the construction sites can give us a glimpse into just how massive this new eye on the universe will be.
Here are 8 views of the world’s soon-to-be-biggest radio telescope:
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8. Almost 200 huge radio dishes are under construction at SKA’s South Africa site. Here’s how it will look after they’re built.
6. Workers on-site build a prototype dish in South Africa.
4. At SKA’s Australia site, prototypes of tree-like antennas line up in rows against the setting Sun.
3. More than 130,000 antennas are under construction, and will be used to detect low-frequency radio waves.
1. From its headquarters in the United Kingdom, researchers will be able to remotely monitor the antennas in South Africa and Australia once they’re built.