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The SA telescope is expected to reach 50-100 times further than any existing radio telescope. The idea behind it is to use a lot of smaller radio telescopes and then put their radio-images together, in real time, into one big picture, also called interferometry... Australia or South Africa is thought to be where it gets built finally, but in SA Shell wants to explore after oil, in the same region planned for SKA, so it is still a open bid what the South African government choose. Depending on their need for quick money or a long time development it will be one or the other. If it will see the absolute beginning? Nah, don't think so myself, but it will be very close to it. The square kilometer array telescope.
ah well, can't sleep anyway It's a weird thing, if we assume a inflation and look out in the universe those 'light sources' should actually have been placed isotropically everywhere around us, and closer than they are today. so what we might see could be the light before the star formations, and also as they get formed I assume? On the other hand, that light we see from those moments should be extremely red shifted, and that should mean that it's very old light, if I'm thinking right. And with age comes distance as I think of it, that is any red shifted light you measure today will have to have traveled further than the less red shifted light you measure. We can see approximately 9.6 billion light years away today as I understands it? But with light coming from when the first stars was created? It seems as if free electrons created in the 'plasma'? becomes a screen obstructing the view a couple of hundred thousand years after the Big Bang but I believe that it will be able to see the light from the first stars and they, if still existing, has to be awfully far away from us today, assuming a expansion?And that was also what I mean by the 'light sources' in my first post. But thinking of it I saw that we also might see the light before those stars was formed and I can see how you think there. But what light you measure from the CMB today here have traveled just as far in time as it is old actually. That the plasma was isotropic just mean that it was evenly placed everywhere in space but as measured today from any point in SpaceTime that background radiation should have traveled the amount of years it is old. So I still find my reasoning reasonable Or am I thinking wrong there? The CMB is red shifted but only through the expansion, whereas with a star receding it can be both expansion and its own motion from us creating the absolute redshift we measure. Da*n==Another thing, if we somehow could see past that electron cloud would we possibly be able to see the universe shrink? That made my head spin when I thought about it That's not possible is it. To see the hydrogen plasma? I better try to get some sleep here ==Rereading you, is it the recombination period you discuss? And no free photons propagating? You mean that they got scattered colliding with electrons and protons and so give no clear picture under that period? Or was there something more to it?