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  • The SkyMapper telescope uses about $2.5 million worth of science-grade silicon.

  • The SkyMapper observatory based in the central-west NSW location of Coonabarabran is tasked with scanning the night skies to create the Southern Sky Survey.

  • A deep digital map of the southern sky, the Southern Sky Survey -- with a little help from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) National Facility -- will allow astronomers to study interstellar objects ranging from nearby asteroids to super-distant objects like quasars.

  • The data from SkyMapper will be shared globally via the Virtual Observatory initiative to allow astronomers all over the world to explore its every possibility.

  • Mapping about a billion objects, the Southern Sky Survey will provide a fundamental resource for future astronomical studies in the near and distant universe.

  • SkyMapper is notable for the speed and breadth at which it can take images -- about 1000 degrees of sky a night.

  • SkyMapper can record about 20 times more data a night than any other observatory in the southern hemisphere.

  • The Southern Sky Survey will result in a large volume of raw data -- about 470 terabytes, or about 100,000 DVDs worth.

  • SkyMapper is capable of independently assessing night sky conditions -- whether the moon is out, how bright the stars are, or whether there are clouds.

  • Sun's Constellation System. The ANU is installing a similar system with 12,000 cores system to help process SkyMapper's data.

  • The rear of a Sun Blade X6275 server module, which resides in the Sun Constellation System

  • The front of a Sun Blade X6275 server module, which resides in the Sun Constellation System

  • One of the four rows of the SGI Altix 3700 Bx2 AC system at the ANU's NCI National Facility.

  • The global storage racks at the ANU's NCI National Facility.

  • The SGI XE Cluster system at the ANU's NCI National Facility.

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