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(Wired)   Astronomical amount of astronomical data expected from astronomical radio telescope. Astronomical   ( divider line
    More: Cool, radio telescopes, IBM Research, Radio Astronomy, bytes, ska, savannas, electron microscopes, optical microscope  
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2012-04-03 10:53:40 AM  
Headline is gold.
2012-04-03 12:07:44 PM  
So it's big?
2012-04-03 12:54:18 PM  
First image from the telescope:
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2012-04-03 12:59:12 PM  
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am I doin' it right?
2012-04-03 01:14:38 PM  
Has Wired always had horrible scientific writing? That article hurt my head.

/I know you like to write out 1 quintillion, but it makes you look stupid
2012-04-03 01:33:16 PM  
DNRTFA, but this is already a huge problem. Existing radio telescope arrays are capable of generating (and do generate) hundreds of GB in a few hours, and the problem is only going to get worse.

That said, I have absolutely zero confidence that SKA is actually going to be built. It's almost certainly a pipe-dream.

/ currently looking at one of the fabled-hundreds-of-GB-of-data-observations.
2012-04-03 01:45:11 PM  
Also, now that i've read the article, that picture's caption is entirely wrong. It's not sensitivity to radio frequencies, it's a map indicating sensitivity to certain size scales on the sky. Interferometers basically work by being able to detect structure on various scales on the sky and reconstructing images based on theat information. So, an astronomical object that's a point (like a radio-star) has structure on all spatial scales while a huge galaxy has structure on a variety of spatial scales. This sensitivity is, however, based on the array geometry.
2012-04-03 04:48:22 PM  
When they install it across Southern Africa, it will provide a fine source of stolen scrap metal for a wide range of people, and therefore stimulate local economies. Unfortunately it will never be in a state to do any astronomy whatsoever.
2012-04-03 07:15:47 PM  
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Good to see they still think like me.

2012-04-03 10:48:18 PM  
SKA SKA SKA (new window)
2012-04-04 12:38:40 AM  
Everything Counts.

Archive it all, no purging
2012-04-04 12:40:33 AM  
Fark! That could be a fun data mining/scientific intelligence project.
2012-04-04 01:43:16 AM  

germ78: SKA SKA SKA (new window)

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\seriously, WTF?
2012-04-04 08:50:07 AM  
subby said astronomical twice twice.
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