Australia's first portion of the enormous future Square Kilometer Array turns on this Friday, and will soon begin surveying the entire sky with a quickness. The array contains 36 12-meter antennas that spread across 4,000 meters but work as a single instrument, providing an enormous field of view.
The Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is 100 times more powerful than any previous survey telescope. Scientists hope it will help them understand galaxy formation and evolution, and the evolution of the cosmos. Ultimately, it will become part of the Square Kilometer Array, a 3,000-antenna array spread across Australia and South Africa.
Below, photographer Alexander Cherney put together a mesmerizing timelapse video of the majestic dishes, set against the starry backdrop they will study. You can also see a live webcam of them here.