A telescope to bust the cosmic dust

If  you thought your Year 8 science project on volcanoes was pretty hot, well think again!

New Zealand, Australia and South Africa are set to co-host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a $3.1 billion radio telescope dubbed “the biggest science project in the world” – or perhaps even the universe – that will banish the murky cosmic dust and reveal areas of space the humble optical telescope cannot.

It is hoped the SKA will give us the best chance of detecting extra-terrestrial life in the far reaches of the universe, but until then our New Zealand correspondent, Will Pollard, will have to satisfy our dark matter cravings and keep us up to date with the latest news from across the Tasman.

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Producer: Lisa Burns

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