Radio astronomy has been a crucial probe of the early universe since the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background in 1964. But most of the first billion years, during which the modern universe emerged out of a nearly homogenous soup of hydrogen, has remained hidden. I’ll discuss a new generation of radio telescopes just beginning to reveal the first stars and galaxies which are thought to have re-ionized the neutral hydrogen left over from the Big Bang. Using the Murchison Widefield Array in the remote Australian desert, we have begun to sift through Petabytes of data for hints of this theoretical Epoch of Reionization.
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