• With a start-up cost of £500 million the giant telescope will collect in a year more than 70 times the amount of information that moves across the Internet in a 12 month period, and be controlled from the UK.
  • The scheme will link thousands of radio dishes and antennae spread across Southern Africa and Australia.
  • Professor Michael Diamond said: “We should be able to get back to within half a million years of the Big Bang to the Cosmic Dawn when the universe cooled enough to create matter and create the first stars.

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