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First MeerKAT antenna and high-tech data centre launched in the Karoo

The first of 64 antennas that will make up South Africa's new radio telescope - MeerKAT - will be officially launched on 27 March 2014 by South Africa's Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom. The Minister will also officially open the specialised MeerKAT Karoo Array Processor Building - the cutting edge data centre for the MeerKAT telescope that has been built in an underground bunker at the Karoo observatory site. Read the release | View photographs

The SKA: Answering questions

Explore what the SKA means to South Africa and to science more generally as it answers questions about the cosmos.

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Watch a collection of videos on YouTube featuring KAT-7, MeerKAT and the SKA, and how the project is progressing.

MeerKAT factsheet

Download the latest factsheet about South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope currently being built in the Northern Cape. MeerKAT is a precursor to the SKA telescope and will be integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1. Find out about the MeerKAT timeline, manufacturers, how it works, tech specs, and more ...

Our journey to bring the SKA to Africa

Download Our journey to bring the SKA to Africa - A new brochure and poster from the SKA South Africa Project celebrating the highlights of the past ten years.
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Q & A - everything you want to know

Find out everything you wanted to know about the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope - or SKA - which will be the world's biggest telescope - and one of the biggest scientific projects - ever!
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Interactive panoramas of the future site of the SKA

View huge panoramas with fascinating detail of the site of the core of the future SKA radio telescope in South Africa. Zoom in and discover the detail ...

Mission MeerKAT for kids

Download the Collector's Edition of our cartoon series which includes episodes 1, 2 and 3. The series explains how radio astronomy works and why the pathfinder telescope will be built in the Karoo.