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26th of January 2015
Bird's eye view of one 12-m ASKAP dish
by Simon Johnston (CASS)
Happy Australia Day ! Here is a beautiful photo of a single 12-m ASKAP dish. The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) consists of 36 x 12-m dishes, which provide 630 baselines up to a maximum length of six kilometres. Most of the antennas are located within a circle of 2 kilometre diameter to provide high sensitivity for 21-cm radio continuum and HI spectral line observations. Phased Array Feeds (PAFs) capable of providing a field-of-view of 30 square degrees are currently installed on six antennas, but will soon be rolled-out to many more antennas. ASKAP is located on the Murchison Radio Observatory (MRO) near Boolardy Station in Western Australia.

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