Big Skies Collaborator Peter Kennard will be creating an interactive installation he has tentatively called Quasar Scan. This project exploits motion tracking technology to generate an aural-led and visually supported interactive experience to allow participants to metaphorically ‘sweep’ the sky like a radio telescope in search of frequencies from deep space. Artist Kate Richards will be collaborating with Peter to produce visuals to this project. The installation is likely to be exhibited in observatories and local libraries within the 700KA, and at other sites in Australia and elsewhere.
Astronomers discovered the first quasar using the Parkes ‘Dish’ in 1963. Since then more than two thirds of all known quasars have been discovered by Parkes.
Photo credits: Plumes of glowing hydrogen blast from the central nucleus of the mysterious starburst galaxy M82, which includes a new supernova and possibly a micro-quasar. The image was created using NASA’s Hubble Telescope.
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