Africa’s MeerKAT ‘first light’ images have blown all expectations Prina Patel - SKA Postdoc in Observational Cosmology, University of the Western Cape

Africa’s MeerKAT ‘first light’ images have blown all expectations Prina Patel - SKA Postdoc in Observational Cosmology, University of the Western Cape

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The view is showing 10% of the full MeerKAT First Light radio image. More than 200 astronomical radio sources (white dots) are visible in this picture. Before MeerKAT only five were known (indicated by violet circles). This image spans about the area of the Earth’s moon. SKA South Africa

Something hugely important is happening in a vast, quiet stretch of South Africa’s Northern Cape province. A new radio telescope operating at just a quarter of its full power is revealing the universe’s secrets one image at a time.

MeerKAT will ultimately become part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope. Once it’s completed some time in the decade following 2020, the SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope. The project is shared between South Africa and Australia. It’s not just its size that sets it apart from other radio telescopes but also sensitivity and speed. At full power, the SKA will have 50 times the sensitivity and 10,000 times the survey speed of the best existing telescopes.

It will see more, and see it faster. It can explore the universe and answer some of humanity’s biggest scientific questions – like, “Is there life out there?” and “How are galaxies formed?”

All of this lies some time in the future. But already, MeerKAT is yielding remarkable results.

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Karoo farmers share heartache over SKA land issue ofm.co.za - Sabrina Dean

Karoo farmers share heartache over SKA land issue ofm.co.za - Sabrina Dean

Carnarvon – Farmers in the Kareeberg area in the Northern Cape say while they have realised there is no escaping the prospect of having to give up their farms, they must be left in a position where they are able to relocate and continue farming.

This as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project in Carnarvon pushes ahead with plans to purchase a further 130 000 hectares of land for inclusion in the conservancy area of the multi-national science project.

AGRI NK - Square Kilometre ArrayFanie Dippenaar shared the viewpoint of farmers in the area during the Agri Northern Cape Congress in Kimberley this week. He says the fairy tale has now turned into a nightmare.

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Spreker Dr Rob Adam SKA Suid-Afrika Projek Direkteur

Spreker Dr Rob Adam SKA Suid-Afrika Projek Direkteur

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