New radio telescope in South Africa will study galaxy formation | Science


MeerKAT’s 64 dishes can study the way hydrogen gas moves around galaxies.

SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY

Today, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a continent-spanning radio astronomy project, announced that Spain has come on board as the collaboration’s 11th member. That boost will help the sometimes-troubled project as, over the next year or so, it forms an international treaty organization and negotiates funding to start construction. Meanwhile, on the wide-open plains of the Karoo, a…

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