DFN joins Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)

DFN joins Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)

A few of the team headed up to Murchison last month to install two Desert Fireball Network cameras next to a pod of the Murchison Widefield Array’s low frequency radio telescopes.

Hadrien adding the finishing touches

Hadrien adding the finishing touches

The two DFN cameras now stand side by side with the MWA

The two DFN cameras now stand side by side with the MWA

This project is exciting on two levels: we’re expanding the DFN into the Murchison area and sharing the space with our friends from the Curtin Institute for Radio Astronomy (CIRA), and it’s our first installed trial of an astronomy station (this one’s a lot more sensitive than the normal cameras and will be observing in the optical spectrum anything that the MWA sees in radio waves).

Evening sky in the Murchison

Evening sky in the Murchison

The DFN and MWA teams

The DFN and MWA teams

You can check out the timelapse video Hadrien made on youtube, and here’s some photos of the finished product. Find out more about the Murchison Widefield array on their website and follow them on Facebook.

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Professor Steven Tingay, director of the Curtin Institute for Radio Astronomy lends a hand on the camera build

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Inside a camera

The two DFN cameras now stand side by side with the MWA

The two DFN cameras now stand side by side with the MWA*

*The real MWA is actually about 70 km away – hidden deeper in the scrub, far away from civilisation’s radio emissions, but the arrays look exactly like this one!

Martin checking up on the Yalgoo School DFN camera

Martin checking up on the Yalgoo School DFN camera

DFN camera number:

DFN camera #49

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