IBM Will Help Convert Deep Space Waves to Images

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Technology provider IBM plans to help solve one of mankind’s key questions: What is the origin of the Universe?

The company unveiled on Tuesday that it had been selected by the Victoria University of Wellington to help power a new generation radio telescope capable of capturing deep space “low frequency radio waves.”

IBM will help the MWA telescope convert the captured wave signals to what the company says are “wide-field images of the sky that are unprecedented in clarity and detail.” The operation will make use of the tech provider’s iDataPlex dx360 M3 cluster.

“By detecting and studying the weak radio signals emitted from when the Universe consisted of only a dark void of Hydrogen gas – the cosmic Dark Age – scientists hope to understand how stars, planets and galaxies were formed,” explained a press release from IBM.

The telescope itself operates from its home in the Australian Outback and was created at a price of $51 million. In addition to studying deep space, it will also help scientists study the sun’s heliosphere.

While IBM may be known for its general computer technology, the company has a distinct history in helping space-related programs, including those operated by NASA. Such include work with Skylab, the Gemini program, the Space Shuttle and more.