Published on Al Jazeera, by Tania Page in Africa, May 26, 2012 (see also the video, 1.40 min).
Africa is where we first stood upright, and where we first learned to use tools. Now it’s also where we have the best chance of learning about the very beginnings of the universe, with a tool that will push scientists and engineers well beyond the boundaries of their existing skills and knowledge.
From deep in space, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will pick up radio waves to decipher our universe and how life began – well before this little blob in the galaxy called Earth was even a twinkle.
There’s something remarkably vague about it all, too, because, at the end of the day, you don’t know what’s out there until you really try to look.
South Africa’s won the lion’s share of this remarkable project, and it will host two-thirds of the 3,000 dishes – while rival bidder Australia will have the rest. It’s called the SKA because the surface area of all the dish antennae adds up to a square kilometre … (full text).
Links on YouTube around mysteries of space:
To the Edge of Time, 21.11 min;
The Mystery of Empty Space, 42.54 min;
… Brand new 2012 Documentary, by Dr.Steven Greer, 4.39 min;
Neil Turok: What Caused The Big Bang, 52.36 min;
Cosmic Journeys: How Large is the Universe, 20.13 min;
Where Are the First Stars and Galaxies, 4.33 min;
Stephen Hawking: The Big Bang, 5.40 min;