The SKA is a radio telescope currently in development which will have a collecting area of about a square kilometre, with receiving stations up to 3000kms away from the concentrated central core. It will use a vast range of radio frequencies and its going to be 50 times the size of the current most sensitive radio instrument. Due to the amount data being collected and transmitted throughout the array, more than the capacity of the current global Internet traffic, it will require a computer 100 times more powerful than anything in current existence.
It will be able to continuously survey the sky at 10 000 times faster than ever before, and penetrate something like 15 billion years into the history of the universe, a great deal further than ever before.
As it’s planned to be built in the southern-hemisphere where the view of the Milky Way and so Australia is also in competition with South Africa and New Zealand for the project, which is going to cost up approximately $2 billion to complete. It’s scheduled to begin construction in 2016. Fingers crossed!