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Jodrell Bank's new telescope array is being built in Australia and South Africa.
The Square Kilometre Array will be run from the observatory in Cheshire, combining signals from telescopes across the southern hemisphere.
Scientists will use the SKA to survey space faster and deeper than ever before. It will also be the biggest array of its kind in the world.
The government is investing £100m in the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, to scan the skies for clues to the evolution of the galaxy.
Jodrell will become the headquarters of a new radio telescope network called the Square Kilometre Array.
Science Minister, David Willets said: “Investment in science is a crucial part of this government’s long-term economic plan. It’s about investing in our future, helping grow new industries and create more jobs – and that will mean more financial security for people across the country.”