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Talk by Dr Tyler Bourke. We will also have the Sky in October.

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a next-generation radio telescope array currently under construction by a global consortium of countries. The SKA will be the World’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, and will transform our understanding of the Universe. When completed at the end of this decade it will be of composed of hundreds of radio dishes in South Africa and thousands of radio antenna in Australia, with global headquarters at Jodrell Bank in the UK. With it astronomers will address fundamental questions about our Universe, such as how and when did the first stars and galaxies form, was Einstein correct with General Relativity, what is the structure of our Universe, and how do planets form around Sun-like stars?

Dr Tyler Bourke is an senior scientist at the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO), headquartered at the UNESCO listed Jodrell Bank in the UK. He has 30 years of professional astronomy experience and almost 200 refereed scientific publications. After obtaining his PhD in Australia, Tyler moved to the US and worked on programs with the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Submillimeter Array, while at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He moved to the SKAO in 2013. Tyler’s scientific interests lie in the area of low-mass star formation (like our Sun), and he has been hooked on astronomy since he was 8, growing up under the beautiful southern skies.

Image credit: SPDO/TDP/DRAO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions – SKA Project Development Office and Swinburne Astronomy Productions