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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.