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21st of February 2024
An image of five ASKAP antennas with dark skies in the background
ASKAP Update for February
The ASKAP Update for February reports on the status of CASDA (the CSIRO ASKAP Science Data Archive), the resumption of survey operations, the next RACS (Rapid ASKAP Continuum Survey) epoch, and plans for ongoing development. Recent updates to the ASKAPsoft continuum imager allow simultaneous imaging in several directions. In future this could be used for direction-dependent calibration, but our first goal is to implement a system that can remove ("peel") bright sources from outside a field of interest to prevent their PSF from contaminating the main image. This will work alongside a first iteration of the RACS-based sky model, which the processing pipeline can access to determine the location of bright sources. The image above shows ASKAP antennas stowed in readiness for an approaching storm, which darkened the background skies. (Image credit: Brett Hiscock)

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