Seems like even in the scientific field there is no clear winner when we go head to head! But this time we do get 70% of the prize and the Aussies 30%. Great news for both countries, this really is amazing. It will be the most impressive scientific instrument ever built on Earth, and will be a real boost for science and technology here in Africa and in Australia, and for the world. I'm really proud today.
Australia and South Africa are to share the worldâ€™s biggest telescope â€“ the Square Kilometre Array.
After an intense six-year battle between the two bidding nations, a split-site solution for the giant radio telescope has been reached, with antennas to be built in both countries.
The decision was made on Friday night at a meeting in Amsterdam of the board of directors of the international SKA Organisation overseeing the telescopeâ€™s construction.
It had been feared Australia would miss out, after an independent scientific panel in February narrowly recommended South Africa as the preferred site.
To be one of the great scientific projects of the 21st century, the array will be so sensitive it could detect an aircraft radar on a planet 50 light years away.
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