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Sunday, July 10, 2005

'Pyramid power' probes universe

"Using a network of radio antennae across the Netherlands and Europe's most powerful supercomputer, scientists hope to unlock the secrets of the early universe.

The Orion Nebula is a boiling belt of hydrogen and space dust that is a nursery for stars.

It is 1,500 light years away, which is just around the corner for astronomers.

Orion is just about visible with the naked eye, but if you want to look beyond our own neighbourhood you will need a radio telescope.

At the Netherlands's Foundation for Research in Astronomy, or Astron as it is known, there are 14 giant radio telescope dishes. Despite their size, they can still only study nearby galaxies."
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