Australian scientists have made a powerful telescope, which might be able to map nearly 3 million galaxies at record-breaking speed. They have termed it as a Google Map of the Universe. The Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) a radio telescope is placed in Outback Western Australia. As per the report, it has been able to map galaxies in 300 hours or 12.5 days. This is a major improvement as compared to previous surveys, which have taken years to map galaxies. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the Australian Science Agency has said that the new atlas of the universe operates the telescope. The CEO of CSIRO, Larry Marshall has said that ASKAP uses the very latest science and technology to solve the mysteries of the universe. It will help astronomers from around the world in their experiments.
Experts have tested ASKAP for the first time entirely. As per the report, it can map nearly 83 percent of the entire sky. It can come up with extraordinary details of millions of galaxies. The ASKAP surveys have found that scientists might be able to find tens of thousands of new galaxies in the future. The lead author of the survey David McConnell has said that the new technology will help astronomers to explore the formations of stars. They as well will able to see how galaxies and massive black holes in space evolve and interact with each other. Preliminary findings of the survey have been released in the publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
ASKAP consists of 36 dish antennas, which work in sync to take panoramic shots of the sky. The telescope has high-quality receivers as well. The team has joined 903 images to create a full map of the sky as compared to past surveys, which have needed tens of thousands of images. With the help of data released by the new telescope, astronomers will be able to undertake statistical analyses of large population galaxies. It will help them understand how the universe has evolved and formed. The Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews has said that the new technology will give full support to astronomers and scientists to lead deep space missions for the next generation. The new telescope marks the beginning of a giant leap ahead in the field of radio astronomy.