Radio Telescope Array in South Africa to Be Expanded By 20 Dishes

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, has announced that 20 additional dishes will be allocated to the MeerKAT radio telescope array. The project, a precursor to the larger Square Kilometer Array which will see participation from multiple southern African nations, has already provided images of a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy. The new dishes, which will cost U.S.$55.4 million, will expand the reach of the project's research area.


Some of the 64 radio antennas of the MeerKAT telescope in the Karoo (file photo).

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