Monday, September 11, 2017


 A giant new telescope called the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) has recently been unveiled in British Columbia, Canada. The $16 million telescope was funded between various Canadian universities and the National Research Council of Canada.
 The telescope will be used to detect fast radio bursts, monitor pulsars, measure the expansion of the universe and help detect gravitational waves. Many of these events are poorly understood by astronomers.
 Fast radio burst, for example, were first discovered in 2007. These bursts of radio emissions often lasting only milliseconds are believed to be caused by black holes or neutron stars in distant galaxies. In the last decade, only 30 have been discovered - but this could change very soon thanks to CHIME.
Unlike conventional telescopes, CHIME does not have any moving parts either.  "The whole novelty of CHIME is that it sees a large portion of sky at the same time and it can also observe 24/7, where for a lot of telescopes you have to apply for observing time, and you only get a couple of hours a year, maybe," Ziggy Pleunis told CBC News while speaking about a recent study on pulsars.
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