Australia Telescope Compact Array ( ATCA) is a radio telescope operated by CSIRO at the Paul Wild Observatory, twenty five kilometres (16 mi) west of the town of Narrabri in Australia.
The telescope is an array of six identical 22-metre (72 ft) diameter dishes, which commonly operate in
aperture synthesis mode to produce radio images. Five of the dishes can be moved along a three-kilometre (2 mi) railway track. The sixth antenna is situated three kilometres west of the end of the main track. Each dish weighs about 270 tonnes (270 long tons; 300 short tons).
The Compact Array is a part of the
Australia Telescope National Facility network of radio telescopes. The array is frequently operated together with other CSIRO telescopes, the sixty-four-metre (210 ft) dish at the Parkes Observatory and a single 22-m dish at Mopra (near Coonabarabran), to form a very long baseline interferometry array.
In Fiction [ edit ]
The children's/young adult drama
Sky Trackers was filmed in this facility with the radio telescopes being prominently featured.
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Allen Telescope Array (ATA, California, USA)
Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA, Australia)
Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA, Chile)
Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA, California, USA)
European VLBI Network (Europe)
Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT, India)
Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR, Netherlands)
Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network (MERLIN, UK)
Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST, Australia)
One-Mile Telescope (UK)
Very Large Array (VLA, New Mexico, USA)
Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA, USA)
Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT, Netherlands)
Coordinates: 30°18′46″S 149°33′01″E / 30.31278°S 149.55028°E