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The Transient Radio Sky

 CSIRO’s 64-metre Parkes radio telescope showing an extragalactic radio burst

Artist’s composite of the CSIRO’s 64-metre Parkes radio telescope showing an extragalactic radio burst appearing briefly, far from the Milky Way’s disk. Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions. Background image: astrometry.fas.harvard.edu/skymaps/halpha

By Tara Murphy

With the ability to scan the entire sky each night, the Square Kilometre Array will enable astronomers to catch transient events like gamma-ray bursts and fast radio bursts, as well as phenomena that are so short-lived they have never been detected.

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