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ASKAP achieves first image with six antennas

First continuum image achieved with six ASKAP antennas

First ASKAP continuum image obtained with 6 antennas

 

Members of the ASKAP commissioning team have successfully produced the first continuum image using six antennas.

The six antennas were operated simultaneously as two separate 3-antenna arrays, with each sub-array producing a separate image. This is a milestone in itself and the best results produced to date using ASKAP antennas installed with phased array feed (PAF) receivers.

ASKAP is one of three SKA precursors. Composed of 36 antennas, it is located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia.

Read the full announcement from CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility here.

An elevated view of four of CSIRO’s ASKAP antennas at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia.

An elevated view of four of CSIRO’s ASKAP antennas at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia.