By Jon Spaull, 5 March 2014
South Africa: Building the World's Largest Radio Telescope
In 2012, South Africa won the bid to host the largest part of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project. It will consist of more than 2,500 telescopes spread out across the nation and partner countries in Africa. The combined signals from these antennae, along with those in Australia, will form the largest radio telescope in the world.
This film explores how the project - as well as unlocking some of the mysteries of the universe - will lead to South Africa and its African partners acquiring the technological and scientific research skills needed to contribute to today's global knowledge economy.
This article is part of the series on Africa's PhD renaissance.
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