A powerful new telescope built by Australian scientists has mapped three million galaxies at record speeds, unlocking the deepest mysteries in the universe.
Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (Escape) conducted the first survey of the southern sky and mapped about 300 million galaxies in 300 hours.
Scientists used telescopes in an observation in Western Australia to observe 83% of the sky.
The result is a new atlas of the universe, according to the Australian science firm CSIRO, the developer and operator of the telescope.
Survey – Rapid Asap Continuum Survey – has mapped millions of star-shaped points; Most distant galaxies, the CSIRO says are about a million of these distant galaxies have never been seen before.
Larry Marshall, chief executive of CSIRO, said the survey revealed the deepest secrets of the universe.
“Assap is applying the latest questions about the mysteries of the latest universe in science and technology and equipping astronomers around the world with new breakthroughs to solve their challenges,” Marshall said in a statement.
Lead author and CSIRO astronomer David McConnell says scientists expect to find millions of new galaxies in future studies.
The telescope mapped the sky with unprecedented speed and detail. The CSIRO said the results proved that an all-sky survey could be conducted weekly instead of a few years.
The instrument has a particularly wide field, enabling it to take panoramic pictures of the sky in high detail. The quality of telescope receivers means the team simply needs to combine 903 images to form a complete map of the sky.
Thousands of images are needed to put together all-sky surveys on telescopes in other large worlds.
CSIRO’s custom-built hardware and software then processed 13.5 xbits (13.5bn gigabytes) of raw data produced through telescopes.
Marshall said the raw data was generated at a faster rate than the entire Internet traffic in Australia.
Astronomers will be able to statistically analyze large populations of galaxies in the same way that social scientists use data from national censuses.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Asap Australia is an example of the capabilities of the world’s leading radio astronomy.
“This new study proves that we are ready to move forward in the field of radio astronomy
Preliminary results were published in the Australian Journal of the Astronomical Society on Tuesday.
Australians can make their own virtual tour of the map on the CSIRO website.