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Discovering the Universe in the Australian Outback

Our team at Red Empire Media recently had the fantastic opportunity to work with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).

We interviewed the diverse team at ICRAR about the radio antennas at their site in Murchison. They use this to discover new objects, and explore fascinating topics such as “the epoch of reionization”. This was a very fun and unique shoot, and we learnt a lot along the way.

Our team love getting the chance to travel, so we hopped in the car and set out on our road trip to the centre of Western Australia. We ended up travelling 14 hours north of Perth, venturing deep into the outback, where we eventually found ourselves in the Murchison Widefield Array.

The impressive landscape was reminiscent of what one might imagine of Mars. Red dust and flat plains spanning far and wide for thousands of kilometres. This inspired us to film many epic drone shots in order to capture the vastness of the land.

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).

During the interview, we talked to members of ICRAR, as well as key international personnel who contributed to this massive project. We learnt about the process of building and maintaining the radio antennas on the site. As well as hearing about the amazing discoveries that they have made by utilising this radio technology.   

Interview with Kim Steele

Interview with Kim Steele

We greatly enjoyed filming the radio antennas because they had a very otherworldly appearance to them. Pictured below are the affectionately nicknamed ‘Christmas Tree’ and the ‘Spider’ antennas. Documenting this was very special to us, especially because so few people have access to this technology, or know about the important work that goes on here.

Working in International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

Working in International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

A big thank you to ICRAR for choosing to work with us, we are very proud of the end product.

To find out more, check out ICRAR’s website, or their Facebook page-  http://www.facebook.com/ICRAR

As well as this, check out the Facebook page for the Murchison Widefield Array – http://www.facebook.com/Murchison.Widefield.Array