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The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in the south Okanagan fired up Canada’s latest and largest radio telescope this Thursday. The telescope is designed to gather the radio waves from billions of faraway galaxies which were created billions of years ago.
The data collected by CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) is analyzed by a super-computer which is capable of performing around seven quadrillion multiplication problems in one second. With the capability of computing 1Tb data every second every day, CHIME continuously updates the 3D map of the universe created through incoming data collected from far and wide corner of the ever expanding universe.
The main objective of the telescope is to know the hidden secrets behind the mysterious dark energy which came into light after its discovery in the 1990s. The dark energy fills almost 70 percent of the total universe and it said to be the causal factor behind the creation of the universe but this statement is just a speculation upon which the CHIME is working to prove the reality.
According to Keith Vanderlinde from the University of Toronto, dark energy doesn’t work like any component of physics we are familiar with like light or matter that make up the base model for the study of physics as we know it. But dark energy is different than any of these components and seems to play with gravity in a strange way.
Gary Hinshaw of the University of BC explained dark energy in Universe like throwing a ball in the air and having it fly away from Earth instead of falling back. The university is acting as such gravitationally and in a hope to understand it, CHIME was programmed.
The data accumulated from CHIME over the time shall have practical applications in future and the universe as we know it might be perceived through a different and more approachable aspect.
Chime was forged by 50 scientists from various organisations all around Canada over a span of six year and a total of $11 million was invested to build this telescope.
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