'Bionic ear' enables Australia's Parkes telescope to hear more of universe

Updated 2018-05-17 09:04:03

Receiver in the anechoic chamber / Photo via CSIRO

An upgrade to Australia's largest telescope may allow Australian astronomers to create a clearer picture of the universe, according to scientists from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

CSIRO recently installed a "bionic ear" receiver to the Parkes radio telescope in the outback of New South Wales, which would enable it to catch a wider range of radio waves - 700 MHz to 4 GHz - from the universe, making the telescope 10,000 times more sensitive than when it was first built in 1961.

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