Courtesy of SPDO/TDP/DRAO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions The ambitious Square Kilometer Array project aims to build a giant radio telescope that will help scientists paint a detailed picture of some of the deepest reaches of outer space. Courtesy of SPDO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions A digital impression of the Square Kilometer Array shows how some of its 3,000 dishes would look on site in South Africa's Karoo desert. Courtesy Nasa Scientists hope to use the phenomenally powerful SKA to learn more about the likes of distant stars, galaxies, quasars, dark matter and black holes. Courtesy of SPDO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions There's also the exciting possibility of capturing information on how the universe evolved in its earliest moments. Courtesy of SPDO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions In addition to 3,000 dishes there will be two sets of aperture array antennas -- dense (pictured in this CGI) and sparse -- which will pick up lower frequencies. Courtesy SKA Africa's participation in the project will be ramped up by distant stations situated in Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. Courtesy of SPDO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions The dishes and aperture arrays will be arranged into "five spiral arms" which will stretch out ever more sparsely over a massive area.