South Africa unveils super radio telescope

July 13, 2018
The system's image resolution quality will be 50 times greater than that of the Hubble Space Telescope

South Africa on Friday unveiled a super radio telescope, a first phase of what will be the world's largest telescope in a project to try to unravel the secrets of the universe.

The 64-dish MeerKAT telescope in the remote and arid Karoo region of South Africa will be integrated into a multi-nation Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

When fully operational, the SKA telescope will be 50 times more powerful than any other telescope in the world.

"The telescope will be the largest of its own kind in the world—with image resolution quality exceeding the Hubble Space Telescope by a factor of 50 times," said David Mabuza, the deputy president of South Africa.

"This day represents some of Africa's milestones... in our quest to catch up with the rest of the world and make our own contributions to civilisation," he said at a ceremony attended by scientists and dignitaries.

Expected to be fully up and running by 2030, the SKA will comprise a forest of 3,000 dishes spread over an area of a square kilometre (0.4 square miles) across remote terrain in several African countries and Australia to allow astronomers to peer deeper into space with unparallelled detail.

A panorama captured by the MeerKAT telescope on Friday showed "the clearest view yet" of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy, according to the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Expected to be fully up and running by 2030, the system will comprise 3,000 dishes spread across remote terrain in several African countries and Australia to allow astronomers to peer deeper into space with unparallelled detail

The SKA will explore exploding stars, black holes and traces of the universe's origins some 14 billion years ago.

South Africa, which hosts the bulk of the SKA project, has invested 3.2 billion rands ($240-million) so far into the telescope.

The telescope is being built by an international consortium, including Australia, Britain, Canada, China, India, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Other African countries involved are Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.

Last month, scientists linked a powerful optical , MeerLITCH, built 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of Carnarvon, with the MeerKAT to allow for simultaneous optic and radio study of cosmic events as they occur.

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cantdrive85
1.6 / 5 (13) Jul 15, 2018
Amusingly, there is nothing "black" to be seen. There are however numerous filaments of electric currents aligned along the central plasmoid.
The faerie tales of BH/DM/BB cosmology is dead, welcome to the real science of the 21st Century of Plasma/Electric Cosmology.
jonesdave
3.5 / 5 (11) Jul 15, 2018
Amusingly, there is nothing "black" to be seen. There are however numerous filaments of electric currents aligned along the central plasmoid.
The faerie tales of BH/DM/BB cosmology is dead, welcome to the real science of the 21st Century of Plasma/Electric Cosmology.


Lol. You really do have to laugh at the crap spewed out by these uneducated loons!
granville583762
2.8 / 5 (9) Jul 15, 2018
Close the Door Quietly on the way out J.D.
cantdrive85> nothing "black" to be seen. There are numerous filaments of electric currents aligned along the central plasmoid.
The faerie tale of BH/DM/BB cosmology is dead, welcome to the real science of the 21st Century of Plasma/Electric Cosmology.

jonesdave> Lol. You really do have to laugh at the crap spewed out by these uneducated loons!

But we don't really know do we! All we have to go on is cantdrive85 expert knowledge as no one else has the gumption to put an alternative view and if we leave this state of affairs as is, cantdrive85s acolytes will respond in numbers where the only prevalent view will be of the cantdrive85 ilk where your dissenting voice will be swamped without even an opposing view to shout of J.D. But if you want to quietly disappear into obscurity with nothing to show off your soul and wit except typically what you have presently just left it's your life and soul down the drain J.D
jonesdave
3.3 / 5 (7) Jul 15, 2018
Close the Door Quietly on the way out J.D.
cantdrive85> nothing "black" to be seen. There are numerous filaments of electric currents aligned along the central plasmoid.
The faerie tale of BH/DM/BB cosmology is dead, welcome to the real science of the 21st Century of Plasma/Electric Cosmology.

jonesdave> Lol. You really do have to laugh at the crap spewed out by these uneducated loons!

But we don't really know do we! All we have to go on is cantdrive85 expert knowledge as no one else has the gumption to put an alternative view and if we leave this state of affairs as is, cantdrive85s acolyt.....yada, yada, yada,........


Mate, Cantthink has the IQ of a dead badger. As proven. Just keep your snout out of it, yes, dumbo?
granville583762
3 / 5 (6) Jul 15, 2018
As long as you keep it to your self where no one leaving a comment does not have to see this sort of thing J.D. that fine, just keep it private and no one need ever know - thank you jonesdave.
tblakely1357
1 / 5 (4) Jul 16, 2018
Gotta wonder about placing important and expensive technology in unstable countries.
IwinUlose
3.5 / 5 (8) Jul 16, 2018
Gotta wonder about placing important and expensive technology in unstable countries.


"Gotta wonder" what exactly? Be specific.
rrwillsj
3.3 / 5 (7) Jul 16, 2018
so tb(how appropriate) if you want to view the Southern Sky? Where would you prefer to site a large-scale radio telescope? Schenectady? Or, Korea? Maybe Iceland?

All you know of Africa are the clickbait headlines. You need to find a lot more reasonable source of news and facts than the raving goebbels-level propaganda from faux news.

Check out the recent Botswana meteorite collection for a little balance.

And stop cowering under your mommie's bed while clutching your penis-substitute. You're making a grotesque fool of yourself. Shivering as you await the ravening hordes of melanin-endowed coming for your delicate white ass.
691Boat
5 / 5 (7) Jul 16, 2018
But we don't really know do we! All we have to go on is cantdrive85 expert knowledge.....

expert knowledge, eh? Ask the expert what the sources and sinks are for his neat electric universe.
barakn
3 / 5 (4) Jul 16, 2018
Gotta wonder about placing important and expensive technology in unstable countries. -tblakely1357
Gotta wonder about racists making dubious claims.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (2) Jul 16, 2018
Barkys knee jerks

"GDP shrank by 0.7 percent between October and December 2016 and a further 0.3 percent between January and March of 2017 compared with the previous quarters. Stats SA said large decreases in the trade, catering and accommodation industry as well as shrinking manufacturing mostly account for the dip into technical recession."

"The root cause of this technical recession, Schussler said, is a "total loss of consumer and business confidence in South Africa""

"Ongoing corruption and a sense of instability have reversed the gains. Business and ordinary citizens feel they are losing out in this economy while they see others, particularly in politics, benefit. This has a big impact on the economy."

Youre whats called a reverse racist.
barakn
4.3 / 5 (6) Jul 17, 2018
The topic was the safety of scientific equipment in South Africa and the GhostOfOtto spouts off with a non sequitur about the economy. Nice strawman argument. Come back when you have something relevant to say. Meanwhile, check out the South African Large Telescope, built in 2005 and still going strong.
AlfvenArp
2.4 / 5 (7) Jul 21, 2018
Close the Door Quietly on the way out J.D.
cantdrive85> nothing "black" to be seen. There are numerous filaments of electric currents aligned along the central plasmoid.
The faerie tale of BH/DM/BB cosmology is dead, welcome to the real science of the 21st Century of Plasma/Electric Cosmology.

jonesdave> Lol. You really do have to laugh at the crap spewed out by these uneducated loons!

But we don't really know do we! All we have to go on is cantdrive85 expert knowledge as no one else has the gumption to put an alternative view and if we leave this state of affairs as is, cantdrive85s acolyt.....yada, yada, yada,........


Mate, Cantthink has the IQ of a dead badger. As proven. Just keep your snout out of it, yes, dumbo?

I am intrigued by how often you resort to name calling. Why is that? Were you the nerd that was bullied in school and posting here is where you finally get even? Or an intellectual wanna be in need of feeling superior?
jonesdave
2.7 / 5 (7) Jul 21, 2018
I am intrigued by how often you resort to name calling. Why is that? Were you the nerd that was bullied in school and posting here is where you finally get even? Or an intellectual wanna be in need of feeling superior?


Mate, nobody needs to try very hard to be superior to idiots that believe in Velikovskian crap.

granville583762
3.4 / 5 (5) Jul 21, 2018
A friend in need is a friend indeed
J.D, Really; you just went and did this, in heavens name what on earth for, I don't understand you, I really don't - After all the hard work that has been done in bringing some sanity back to science in your name.
I suppose you're going to say you don't need anyone's bloody help J.D
jonesdave
2 / 5 (4) Jul 21, 2018
A friend in need is a friend indeed
J.D, Really; you just went and did this, in heavens name what on earth for, I don't understand you, I really don't - After all the hard work that has been done in bringing some sanity back to science in your name.
I suppose you're going to say you don't need anyone's bloody help J.D


What are you prattling on about? I certainly don't need the help of the likes of you, or any of the EU nutjobs. If I need help with anything, I'll seek it out in scientific publications.
granville583762
3.4 / 5 (5) Jul 21, 2018
I can certainly read your mind J.D
granville583762> I suppose you're going to say you don't need anyone's bloody help J.D

At least it's a start as you didn't swear, but you might correct that in a moment!
granville583762
3 / 5 (4) Jul 21, 2018
The mathematics professor had the right idea, he was completely sozzled

J.D at East Kent University the mathematics professor, more times than not, used to walk in a Scottish mist, when he got his chalk on the integrals of the differential calculus he couldn't tell the integrals apart from the whisky fumes – everyone was good humoured and he took it in good heart, not that he probably noticed as he was absolutely sozzled.

A question you asked early as I thought you might like to know the daily life of some of these tutors!
AlfvenArp
2 / 5 (4) Jul 21, 2018
I am intrigued by how often you resort to name calling. Why is that? Were you the nerd that was bullied in school and posting here is where you finally get even? Or an intellectual wanna be in need of feeling superior?


Mate, nobody needs to try very hard to be superior to idiots that believe in Velikovskian crap.


Fascinating! Name calling response... Amazingly consistent. What does Velikovsky have to do with your name calling?
jonesdave
3.4 / 5 (5) Jul 21, 2018
I am intrigued by how often you resort to name calling. Why is that? Were you the nerd that was bullied in school and posting here is where you finally get even? Or an intellectual wanna be in need of feeling superior?


Mate, nobody needs to try very hard to be superior to idiots that believe in Velikovskian crap.


Fascinating! Name calling response... Amazingly consistent. What does Velikovsky have to do with your name calling?


Go do some research on cantthink's post history. He's into electric universe woo. EU is founded on Velikovskian crap. Understand?
granville583762
3.4 / 5 (5) Jul 21, 2018
Broody Russian cursing drunken stupor

If it was by any chance Immanuel Velikovsky he was a Russian controversial independent scholar
The main point is he is not of this world and the other point is when he was of this world he was Russian as this problem seems to effect these far eastern tribes due to the long winters and isolation they are very dark in their thoughts which we cannot hold against them it is just how things are in the scheme of things

That being so J.D and company it is not good for the mind and soul to brood on the mentality of Immanuel Velikovsky because it rubs off on you and just as Russians take to the bottle cursing the world J.D you are unfortunately falling into the same broody cursing and maybe we don't yet drunken Russian stupor.
jonesdave
1 / 5 (3) Jul 21, 2018
^^^^^Jesus. What a load of crap. Go back to school, Granville. Assuming such things exist in Yorkshire.
jonesdave
1 / 5 (3) Jul 21, 2018
The topic was the safety of scientific equipment in South Africa and the GhostOfOtto spouts off with a non sequitur about the economy. Nice strawman argument. Come back when you have something relevant to say. Meanwhile, check out the South African Large Telescope, built in 2005 and still going strong.


Mate, you'll be waiting for a long time! TGOO not known for his IQ points, eh?
granville583762
3.4 / 5 (5) Jul 22, 2018
The golden rule J.D is not to rattle the Clan
jonesdave> ^^^^^Jesus. What a load of crap. Go back to school, Granville. Assuming such things exist in Yorkshire.

You're not very good at this J.D; you seem to have forgotten where you have encouraged the direction of the Clan!
The golden rule J.D is not to rattle the Clan – professing to come from Yorkshire J.D you've forgotten the Clan rules in your drunken stupor
Being Clannish J.D is what it's all about as they backup your Velikovskian crusade to the hilt, until one of the Clan cross the demarcation line which is when that one realises the safety of the Clan to late, with the result that person ends up on a personal isolated Velikovskian crusade cursing and swearing at anything remotely resembling Velikovskian puppy wagging its tail
Have you noticed J.D, the Clan members who are also members of the five star club are not at your side cursing and swearing at these Velikovskian puppy wagging tails!
torbjorn_b_g_larsson
2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 22, 2018
All we have to go on is cantdrive85 expert knowledge as no one else has the gumption to put an alternative view


This is as incompetent in understanding the world that the EU pseudoscience is in the first place:

- cantdrive is no expert here - no published science - and in fact has not showed any knowledge whatsoever. For an obvious example, he or she is mistaking gas filaments for "currents" (without giving any reference to the MeerKAT images to boot).

- There is no "alternative view" here, and you give no reference suggesting that there should be any. What we obviously have is the original science of the MeerKAT observatory: they predicted that they could observe the Milky Way central black hole and the released data show that they have. They have also showed gas filaments and their sources for the first time. Not uninteresting, but hardly any new physics.

All we have here is two boring incompetents not addressing the science. (And a fed up reader or two.)
granville583762
5 / 5 (3) Jul 22, 2018
torbjorn_b_g_larsson> There is no "alternative view" here, and you give no reference suggesting that there should be any

It's up to the complainant to leave a counter comment torbjorn_b_g_larsson, otherwise "There is no alternative view" is correct, you know what it was about as your above being obtuse. Any way it is apparently over so be a good chap and don't rake the coals.
granville583762
5 / 5 (3) Jul 22, 2018
Karroo's optical 26inch telescope
The new optical telescope uses a main mirror 26 inches in diameter onto a 100 megapixel detector measuring 4 cm x 4 inches in a white dome observatory of carbon fibre resistant to temperature fluctuations in the Karoo desert, chosen for its clear skies, dry climate a large field of view covering an 13 times the size of the full moon in detail, picking out objects a million times fainter than the human eye, catching Radio Bursts in the act
AlfvenArp
not rated yet Jul 23, 2018
I am intrigued by how often you resort to name calling. Why is that? Were you the nerd that was bullied in school and posting here is where you finally get even? Or an intellectual wanna be in need of feeling superior?


Mate, nobody needs to try very hard to be superior to idiots that believe in Velikovskian crap.


Fascinating! Name calling response... Amazingly consistent. What does Velikovsky have to do with your name calling?


Go do some research on cantthink's post history. He's into electric universe woo. EU is founded on Velikovskian crap. Understand?

I don't know who cantthink is or what that has to do with your desire to resort to name calling. I read articles and check out the posts and that is where I have noticed your need to name call. It's obvious you are intelligent but that is lost in the name calling.

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