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The Hy­dro­gen Epoch of Reion­i­sa­tion Ar­ray (HERA), which is part of the Square Kilome­tre Ar­ray (SKA) in the Ka­roo, has re­ceived a $9.5m boost from the US Na­tional Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to in­crease the num­ber of ra­dio dishes from 19 to 220 by 2018. SKA se­nior as­tronomer Gianni Bernardi said the dishes would al­low re­searchers to un­der­stand the for­ma­tion of the first stars and gal­ax­ies. The as­tronomers would be able to make the first mea­sure­ments of how the frac­tion of neu­tral hy­dro­gen changed with cos­mic time, he said.

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