Groundbreaking for the World's Largest Telescope's Headquarters

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The Square Kilometer Array will employ thousands of radio dishes around the world (image credit: unspash/Marat Gilyadzinov).

The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will be a network of radio telescopes spanning the entire globe. Together, the thousands of telescopes will add to 1 square kilometer of collecting area. While the project isn't set to have first light (read: turn the telescope on for the first time) until the 2020s, the SKA Organization broke ground on a new Head Quarters April 28, 2017. The HQ will be located next to the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Lower Withington, UK. This is a major step forward in the construction and organization process of SKA, which will prove to be one of the most innovative telescopes of the next generation.

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Groundbreaking for the World's Largest Telescope's Headquarters
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