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30 November 2012

MWA telescope to save $$

MURCHISON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA: A small pocket of Western Australia’s remote outback is set to become the eye on the sky and could potentially save the world billions of dollars.

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope, unveiled today, Friday 30 November, will give the world a dramatically improved view of the Sun and provide early warning to prevent damage to communication satellites, electric power grids and GPS navigation systems.

The $51 million low-frequency radio telescope will be able to detect and monitor massive solar storms, such as the one that cut power to six million people in Canada in 1989 during the last peak in solar activity.

Full story from Curtin University.

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