India and the world’s largest radio telescope in the outback Down Under

This is the beginning of my astronomy series:

What were Indian scientists doing in the unimaginably empty, arid and remote Australian outback? The unimaginably arid, empty, remote Western Australian outback is hardly a place one associates with Indian scientists. Murchison, 700 km north of Perth and traditional home of the Warrari aborigines, is size of the Netherlands and has about 140 people. This is where Ravi Subramanyam, director of Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore, headed some six years back, to work out India’s role in the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

India has a crucial role to play — it will be SKA’s brain and nervous system, so to speak, or to put it more scientifically, the SKA’s Telescope Manager that will monitor all the telescope dishes located in two sites — South Africa (for mid  frequency radio waves)  and Australia (for low frequency radio waves).

Read the full report ” Wide angle view of the Universe ” in Nature India:




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