Listen: CSIRO shines a rainbow under the Milky Way
"Sydney has always been Austrailia party city and next to its knees fireworks celebrations. The biggest party on the harbor cities. Calendar is its annual gay and lesbian mardi graphist of all as part of this. You celebrations Australia's National Science agency. The C Siro has lit up its economy Australian square kilometer array Pathfinder radio telescope in a rainbow of colors, six of the twelve midday dishes, located in the remote within the strain outback and displaying different color of the rainbow against the backdrop of the Milky Way to Mark the CSI rose in our world participation in that she's mardi gras parade. At least fifty hours staff will March in the parade on March. The second holding a giant DNA, double helix. Silla breeding organizations commitment to diversity the theme being diversity is in our day. Dr Sarah is deputy director of SIA Siro astronomy. And space sciences says us. The strain square kilometer rape Pathfinder was appropriate because it points to the futures space research, the Pathfinder at located the Murchison radio astronomy observatory some eight hundred kilometers north Perth is testing technologies which will be incorporated into the massive multibillion dollar square kilometer array project, the world's largest radio telescope now being developed in outback Australia ad in South Africa pieces. The pathfinders used by diverse group of strontium is from ride around the world. So it's an appropriate setting for rainbow display of ask cap dishes 'em in rainbow colors dish. And we've done that to demonstrate really commitment DeVos to celebrate that were walking up mardi gras and also because he uses telescope really diverse and we want to demonstrate to them as well that we're inclusive and welcoming to everybody important is diversity in an organization as large and diverse itself as the space IRO you have fingers. So many pies from astronomy through the marine sciences geology through engineering yet. Look absolutely do it. And so a really wide range of science and in order to attract and retain really the best talent internationally thing. We have to be very welcoming people have to be comfortable able to bring that whole best selves to work. And there's also a lot of evidence that suggests that diverse teams more innovative, and they make more revenue and then more effective. How's that going? We'll re up to that in its commissioning phase now, so it's thirty six fishes and innovative radio cameras rule starting to work together. But it's already delivered some really great science. For example, we've detected more than twenty fast radio bursts ready with the telescope, even though it's not quite fully working at. And of course, the good thing was asking is. You haven't got microwave ovens there to accidentally opened up before they've finished cooking. You get any false ratings. Now, if I kept we think is on what's the world, best radio observatory? Because extremely quiet. It's around three hundred fifty kilometers from the newest town. And so that's why we've gone left because it's very radio, quiet. Are you knew the Murchison world through to raise? That is that. Yes, that's right. So we're both both on the Murchison and registrar observe a tree which is managed by CSI Arroyo. And we're very pleased to be able to share it with with them delight Murchison's of different type of radio telescopes setup, isn't it? Yeah. That's right. So much than why field array is a low frequency telescope, and it does Catholic precursors for the square kilometer. Right. Which will also be the same site when it gets built in Australia in a couple of years that's already up and running the early stages of that for the square kilometer array, what about the astray inside of things. So we've been running up precursors now as I say caps. Nearly nearly am open running and w is bemoaning number of years. But we've also been working on the design for the telescope. What we've learned from us Cap'n MWA, we'll be fading into the K design the two. Functions of what's being built in Australia, and what's being built in South Africa. You looking at different ends of the electromagnetic radio spectrum out you low frequency radio waves and winds looking at midway prince radio eight. Yeah. That's right. So they'll be complementary and what happens then once you collect that data. Somehow there's going to be an awful lot of data to try and process and determine what you want, and what you check out, and what you cave and Hetty dual letting witty store it. And how do you simply get that amount of data from one place to another as an S k- Tecom. Oh, absolutely data radio telescope producing masses more data than we've been used to radio. Astronomers Esca will have an archive that something like two three hundred PETA bytes of data year, so solving that big data challenge is one of the key things will be working on over the next year. That's the big problem isn't Hetty. You know, what you keep his worth keeping headed? You know, what you Chuck out stuff that you can afford to get rid of you can afford to lose. So that's a really key challenge. And for the first time with these telescopes the computers, the supercomputers that when the data were really part of the telescope because we have to process the data more or less at the same time as it's taken. We just can't afford to stole the data anymore in this curse. We're talking about a new generation of computers. Some of the biggest in the world. That's right. Look will require for k x o scale kind of computing. So they'll be those will be big computers than anybody has now. Fortunately, we've got a few years yet to get this is all being coordinated from Manchester England S K headquarters in Manchester. There were ten member countries all over the world, and we really very much enjoyed that international. Collaboration. In fact, in two weeks time, we'll be doing in Rome to sign the treaty fast. It's too syrup. His deputy director of SIA Sira, astronomy and space science,"