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Made up of six identical antennas, the Australia Telescope Compact Array is used by astronomers to study the structure and evolution of our Universe.
Located outside Narrabri in north-west New South Wales, about 500 kilometres from Sydney, our Compact Array telescope is one of three instruments that make up the Australia Telescope National Facility. Radio signals detected by the telescope's six 22-metre antennas are combined to provide more detailed images than a single large dish could achieve.
CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array, part of the Australia Telescope National Facility.
The Compact Array began operating in 1988 and has since been upgraded to ensure that it remains at the leading edge of radio astronomy research.
It is used by more than 100 observing teams each year to study subjects including:
Among its most high-profile achievements are capturing the first 3D picture of the radiation belts around Jupiter, the first good evidence linking exploding stars with flashes of gamma rays, and the first image showing how gas churns in interstellar space.
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Last updated: Last updated: 5 October 2016
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