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11th of March 2024
An image of the first SKA-Low antenna being placed in position.
The first SKA-Low antenna
Last week the first antennas of the SKA-Low telescope were deployed on Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, on Wajarri Country. The antennas are the first of the 131,072 two-metre-tall, Christmas tree-shaped antennas that will make up the radio telescope. (These are the first antennas that will be part of the final SKA-Low array, as opposed to earlier deployments elsewhere on the site, such as AAVS3, used to prototype and test antennas and equipment.) An Indigenous Land Use Agreement ensures Wajarri cultural heritage will be protected and the Wajarri Yamaji People will receive sustainable and intergenerational benefits in areas such as training and education. A similar milestone is imminent in South Africa for the SKA-Mid telescope, which will ultimately comprise 197 dishes. Components for the first SKA-Mid dishes arrived on site in the Karoo in February and assembly is now under way. (Image credit: SKAO)

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