31531521 story SKA Might Be Split Between South Africa and Australia 110 Posted by Unknown Lamer on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @08:50AM from the two-times-half-not-better-than-one dept. gbrumfiel writes "The Square Kilometre Array will be the world's most powerful telescope, assuming the nations involved can agree on where to build it. A scientific panel recently backed South Africa over Australia to host the project, but neither side has conceded defeat. Rather than splitting the partners, project leaders are now thinking about splitting the telescope between the two countries. There's little scientific advantage, but the thinking is that a split telescope would be better than no telescope."