"Today: Alchemy. Tomorrow: the World!"
- Jul 4, 2016
First image released from world's super radio telescopeCarnarvon (South Africa) (AFP) - Even operating at a quarter of its eventual capacity, South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope showed off its phenomenal power Saturday, revealing 1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before.
The image released Saturday was the first from MeerKAT, where 16 dishes were formally commissioned the same day.
MeerKAT's full contingent of 64 receptors will be integrated next year into a multi-nation Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which is is set to become the world's most powerful radio telescope.