27 May Looking Up - 27 May 2016

MEERKAT switched on!

SKA Chief Scientist Dr Fernando Camila describes the first test from the new telescope, MEERKAT. This will eventually form part of the massive Square Kilometre Array, an instrument 100 times more powerful than any radio telescope ever built. MEERKAT itself is a South African effort and will be the largest radio telescope in the world when it is completed next year, comprising 64 radio astronomy dishes. Listen to this fantastic news from our shores about South African science and engineering. Fernando will be back to tell us about the kinds of science this instrument will perform but in the meantime he and the project team are delighted with what they’re seeing.
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