New radio telescope to shed light on origin of galaxies

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Scientists launched the world’s fastest radio telescope in the Australian outback. The Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder has 36 antennas, each 12 meters (40 feet) long, and cost A$152 million ($155.18 million). The telescope will be used to map black holes and learn more about the origins of the universe. “Radio waves tell us unique things about the cosmos, about the gas from which stars were formed, and about exotic objects, pulsars and quasars, that really push the boundaries of our knowledge of the physical laws in the universe,” said Brian Boyle, director of project at Australia’s national scientific research organization.