The largest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, MeerKAT telescope, is still under construction, but it is also ready to return valuable scientific information. MeerKAT is a radio telescope under construction in Karoo, a semi-desert natural region of South Africa and it is probably integrated into the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a project of a radio telescope that will be built in Australia and in South Africa, SKA will have a total extension of one square kilometre.
MeerKAT will consist of 64 receptors, each comprising a 13.5 metre diametre dish antenna, cryogenic coolers, receivers, digitiser, and other electronics.
Dr Rob Adam, Project Director of SKA South Africa, says: “The launch of MeerKAT AR1 and its first results is a significant milestone for South Africa. Through MeerKAT, South Africa is playing a key role in the design and development of technology for the SKA.”
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