Physicists from leading astronomy research countries including China, USA, France, Germany and India have committed to the development of a $160 million gravitational wave detector at Gingin, 1hour north of Perth. The detector will be finished in 2016 and will be one of only four in the world.
The detector will be capable of detecting and measuring gravity waves which are believed to be the after effects of the big bang. The detector whcih uses two diagonal lasers will be so sensitive that it will be capable of measuring gravitational waves that were produced micro seconds after the big bang.
Scientists from the University of Western Australia will be leading the project.
With the possibility of securing the SKA telescope and now this gravity detector, Western Australia and Perth are well positioned to lead astronomy in the Southern Hemisphere.