An Ancient Landscape For Modern Science (Murchison Widefield Array)

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography highly commended

Photographer:  Pete Wheeler, Outreach and Education Manager, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
Rights:© Pete Wheeler

An Ancient Landscape for Modern Science, Pete Wheeler, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

Using a long exposure and the light of the full moon to illuminate the landscape, Pete Wheeler has captured one of the 128 ‘tiles’ of the radio telescope called the Murchison Widefield Array and a distant ‘breakaway’ beneath a star-studded Murchison sky. Located in the Western Australian outback, the Murchison Widefield Array is a precursor to what will be the largest telescope ever built, the Square Kilometre Array.

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