Tuesday, March 27, 2012

South Africa Chosen to Hunt Aliens Over Australia, SKA To Be Announced

South Africa Chosen Over Australia for Square Kilometre Array


South Africa and Australia take their rivalry beyond sports field. This time is in extraterrestrial and Africa emerges as winner against Australia. South Africa was chosen by a scientific panel as the best place for the proposed Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

The tremendous radio telescope will be handled by the SKA’s Site Advisory Committee but there is no official announcement yet as to where the radio telescope will go. The SKA radio telescopes consist 3, 000 dishes which cost about $2.1 billion.

The bidding for the project was started in 2006 and Africa is recently chosen by the panel because of low construction costs and high altitude.

SKA plans to meet in Manchester to officially recognize South Africa as the place of the project. However, both sides can still contest the decision. Any contestations will be added to the panel’s recommendations before making final announcements.
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