Work on one of the largest science projects of the twenty-first century has taken off. The first meeting of the Council of the "Square Kilometer Observatory" approved plans to build the largest telescope on Earth's surface during the next decade.
Member states have approved 1,000 pages of documents covering everything from management to opening a bank account to dealing with industrial contractors.
The SKA telescope will consist of a large group of radio receivers and will be installed in two locations in South Africa and Australia.
The accuracy and sensitivity of this observatory, with the help of giant computers, will enable astronomers to address some of the fundamental questions about astrophysics today.
Source: Jonathan Amos