Murchison Widefield Array completes Phase II—14 November 2017 

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a radio telescope situated in a remote part of Western Australia, has announced the completion of the second phase of its construction, with 128 new antenna stations assembled and deployed in the desert. Supported by a 2016 ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant of $1 million, the area covered by the array has quadrupled, increasing the sensitivity of the instrument by ten times.

Scientists have already started collecting data from the radio galaxy Fornax A, which has a central supermassive black hole, and are excited about what new discoveries are now possible with the improved capability. The rollout of the upgrade is also informing the continuing development of the multi-million dollar Square Kilometre Array (SKA), as the MWA is a test bed for many of the same science, engineering and computing components as are used in the SKA.

Media issued by Curtin University.

Image: Fornax A, a radio galaxy that has been the first target of the upgraded MWA.
Source: NASA/ESA (Wikipedia)

Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017