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SGI supports marvels of the Australian sky



Silicon Graphics is pleased to announce its support of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) 2003 International Workshop, held in Geraldton, Western Australia from 27th July until 1st August 2003.
Australia is contributing to the next generation radio telescope, the SKA, which will have a collecting area of one square kilometre (one million square metres) - about 100 times as great as the biggest present-day instruments. The new telescope is so amb itious that international collaboration is mandatory in its design, construction and operation. The SKA Workshop brings together scientists and engineers involved in planning for this next-generation telescope. Features of the workshop will include in-depth reviews of the SKA science case, concept prototyping and a half-day workshop devoted to SKA simulation studies.
Included in this significant gathering is the Aboriginal Art Project which SGI is sponsoring. The art exhibition will be opened at the conference by The Hon Dr. Geoff Gallop, Premier of Western Australia, on Tuesday 29th July. It aims is to promote a dual interpretation of the sky and formation of the universe from the traditional Aboriginal and scientific perspectives. Indigenous artists are producing paintings and stories of star patterns and some of the artworks have been paired with matched astronomical images by David Malin, a world-famous astronomical photographer.
The art project has arisen out of discussions with Aboriginal representative groups regarding SKA siting and the formation of a radio-quiet reserve in inland WA. The peace required for long term-protection of an area for radio astronomy aligns with the peace sought by Aboriginal communities around sacred sites. The art exhibition represents mankind's endless fascination with the sky and the opportunities arising from community cooperation.
For more information about the event, please visit http://www.atnf.csiro.au/projects/ska/events/geraldton/programme.html
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