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Simon Ratcliffe: Scale at the Square Kilometer Array

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Published on Jun 28, 2013

Astronomy is one of the most scale obsessed of all the sciences. From our earliest attempts to understand the size of our planet through solar observations, through to our current appreciation of the ultimate scale of the universe, it constantly redefines our notion of "big".

This escalation in scale can also be seen in our observational instruments, particularly in the field of radio astronomy. We are entering an epoch of massive expansion in observational capacity, which over the next 10 years we will see an 8 order of magnitude increase in the data volume being generated. This talk will focus on these instruments, their challenges, and what they will mean to the science of astronomy.

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