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Solar Physics with the Square Kilometre Array

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  • The largest radio telescope ever - The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - will shed light on unsolved fundamental problems in solar physics.
  • It’ll be built in 2 phases, SKA1 (operational after 2024) with only 10% of final capabilities, and SKA2 (after 2030) with full capacity.
  • Two arrays, SKA1-Low (Australia) and SKA1-Mid (South Africa), will boast unrivaled resolutions (angular, spectral, and temporal) and sensitivity.
  • SKA will be used for interferometric imaging and beamforming, and allow measurements of the Sun’s magnetic field at unprecedented heights.
  • It will enable several types of observations crucial to answering some of solar physics’ most burning questions.

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