South Africa and the launch of radio telescope Kuntuse

South African Science and Technology Minister will join Ghanaian President to officially launch Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Kuntuse radio telesope.

Anita Loots, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa Head, said that it is a very important moment for the international science community. Once the radio telescope in Kutunse gets commissioned, it is expected that there will be an influx of astronomers who will converge to the facility to do research.

This comes not long after the radio telescope, the first of its kind on the continent outside of South Africa, reached a significant milestone where “first light” was observed. “First light” is a process whereby the functionality of a radio telescope is tested for the first time, and the very first images are received.

This is done by observing a well-known source and calibrators, and comparing the data received by the new instrument with that already existing from others.

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