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SKA Precursor Telescope MeerKAT Inaugurated In South Africa

13 Jul 2018, 08:06 UTC
SKA Precursor Telescope MeerKAT Inaugurated In South Africa SARAO

South Africa, 13 July 2018 – South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT telescope was officially inaugurated by Deputy President David Mabuza at a ceremony near Carnarvon today.

Built and operated by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), and a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT facility has already begun science operations. A stunning new panorama obtained by the telescope was unveiled during the event, revealing extraordinary detail in the region surrounding the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy.

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