Department of Physics represents UP at MeerKAT inauguration
Posted by: University of Pretoria
17 July 2018
Prof Roger Deane from the Department of Physics represented UP at the launch of the MeerKAT radio telescope, inaugurated by Deputy President David Mabuza in the Northern Cape. Built and operated by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), the MeerKAT comprises 64 radio dishes, each measuring approximately 13,5 m in diameter and spread across an 8 km region in the Karoo. The MeerKAT is already the world’s most powerful telescope of its kind, and forms part of the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an international project which will be the largest scientific infrastructure on earth.