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Let there be light

By • June 16th, 2016

After the Big Bang, there was a period of darkness in the universe lasting hundreds of millions of years. During these Cosmic Dark Ages, the first stars and galaxies began to form. During the Epoch of Reionisation, these first sources of light ignited, and the universe was illuminated. However, little is known about the Epoch,more…

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder

By • January 30th, 2015

CSIRO’s newest radio telescope, the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP), is a next generation facility with novel receiver technologies and leading-edge ICT systems. ASKAP is serving as an important technological demonstrator for the SKA, the largest scientific project in human history. The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is providing world-class tools and expertise to process and visualise ASKAPmore…

Cosmic Web Simulation

By • January 29th, 2015

Our Universe is dominated not by the material we can see but that which we can’t. By observing the motion of galaxies and the manner in which they are positioned across the sky we can infer the presence of enormous amounts of unseen material, called Dark Matter. We create model universes inside supercomputers to try to understand themore…

Murchison Widefield Array

By • January 29th, 2015

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is the low frequency precursor for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), located at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory (MRO). MWA data are processed at the MRO, transported over an 800km optical fibre network, archived at the Pawsey Centre, and made available to scientists around the world. The MWA is the first of themore…