Canada’s largest radio telescope unveiled in British Columbia – Technology & Science

At first glance, it doesn’t look like anything like a telescope, but this newest instrument could help reveal secrets of the universe faster than any other.

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), which launched on Thursday, is Canada’s largest radio telescope. It’s goal? To detect fast radio bursts, monitor pulsars, measure the expansion of the universe and help detect gravitational waves.

All of those events are poorly understood by astronomers. But using CHIME, they hope to gain a better understanding, which in turn can tell us a lot about our universe.

Fast radio bursts, for example, first discovered in 2007, are still a mystery. These bursts of radio emissions — lasting milliseconds — are believed to be caused by rapidly spinning neutron stars or black holes in distant galaxies.

While only some 30 have been discovered, CHIME is set to change…

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