South Africa's MeerKAT telescope will help uncover next space frontier

South Africa's MeerKAT telescope will help uncover next space frontier

South Africa's MeerKAT telescope will help uncover next space frontier

The radio telescope, built with 4.4 billion rands, the MeerKAT will soon be incorporated into the complex Square Kilometre Array (SKA) instrument. These long and narrow magnetised filaments were discovered in the 1980s using the Very Large. The telescope's location in South Africa is also ideal, with the Milky Way passing overhead and visible for nearly 12 hours each day.

"The telescope will be the largest of its own kind in the world-with image resolution quality exceeding the Hubble Space Telescope by a factor of 50 times", David Mabuza, the deputy president of South Africa, said during a ceremony.

"This image is remarkable‚" says black hole expert Farhad Yusef-Zadeh of Northwestern University in the USA.

The centre of the Milky Way is incredibly hard to photograph, not only because it's 25,000 light-years away, but also because it lies behind the constellation Sagittarius and is constantly enshrouded by clouds of gas and dust, making it invisible from Earth using optical telescopes.

SKA chief scientist Dr Fernando Camilo said: "Time and time again history shows that when you build a really good telescope, it ends up doing, if you look at 10 years later or 20 years later when you look back people will see what we've built and what it was built to do and some of those are the most exciting sometimes".

'Although it's early days with MeerKAT, and a lot remains to be optimised, we made a decision to go for it - and were stunned by the results'.

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The first phase of SKA 1 in South Africa is to add 133 antennas to that (of MeerKAT),' Daily Mail reported Rob Adam, an SKA global board member, as saying.

He said the MeerKAT "shows so many features never before seen" that it could provide the key to cracking the code of some of our astronomical riddles. The radio telescope already started to make science operation, capturing the region surrounding the Milky Way's central black hole.

"It's an exceptional achievement - congratulations to our South African colleagues‚" he added.

MeerKAT is a South African project, consisting of 64 antennas (or dishes), each 13.5 meters in diameter, located on baselines (distances between antenna pairs) of up to 8 km. After further offline analysis, images of the radio sky are generated.

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