Australian scientists map millions of galaxies with new telescope


CSIRO, the national science agency of Australia has mapped millions of galaxies using an advanced telescope in the desert. It mapped three million galaxies in total, with pictures revealing twice the level of detail of previous surveys. The mapping took just 300 hours, whereas previous all-sky surveys had taken years.

Askap, the telescope conducted its first all-sky survey this year, covering 83% of the sky and covering three million galaxies all up. The huge volumes of data – generated at a faster rate than Australia’s entire internet traffic are then sent to supercomputer processing facility in Perth to create the images.

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