3 Million galaxies Mapped in 3 Hundred Hours

Earlier this week, Australia’s national science research agency, CSIRO, published a survey that mapped approximately three million galaxies in 300 hours—a process that typically takes months, even years to accomplish! Using the new Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP, pictured), the Rapid ASKAP Continuum Survey (RACS) charts the sky “like a Google map of the Universe”. According to CSIRO, “most of the millions of star-like points on the map are distant galaxies,” adding that as many as one million of these galaxies have never been seen before—until now.

The first RACS has been so successful that CSIRO scientists are already planning for more sky surveys. One scientist, Dr. David McConnell, says that they expect to detect tens of millions of new galaxies in future ASKAP surveys. Check out the links below to learn more, if your brain hasn’t already exploded from this mind-blowing study!

Australian telescope creates a new atlas of the Universe

The Rapid ASKAP Continuum Survey I: Design and first results

Scientists just mapped 1 million new galaxies, in 300 hours

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