Leonard E Parker

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First image from final Murchison Widefield Array installation

Posted by Patrick Brady on September 16, 2012

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a new radio telescope under construction in Western Australia, has achieved a substantial milestone in commissioning the first portion of the full array. David Kaplan is helping commission the Array, which he plans to use to study cosmic transients and pulsars.

The image is of the Sun at low angular resolution (unresolved), is at a frequency of 142 MHz and uses the full 30.72 MHz bandwidth for a single polarisation and a 10 second integration time. This is a huge milestone for the MWA project and shows that the integration of all the final hardware and software at the site is working, giving us a high level of confidence for on-time completion of the full instrument late this year.

Learn more about MWA on Facebook and the MWA website.

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