South Africa launches a new and powerful telescope called SKA that will start operating in 2030.
The SKA will begin operating in 2030 and will explore exploding stars, black holes and traces of the origins of the universe. South Africa has presented a new super radio telescope that will study the formation of galaxies, a first phase of what will be the largest telescope in the world in a project to try to decipher the secrets of the universe.
The 64-dish MeerKAT telescope in the Northern Cape region of South Africa will be integrated into a multinational SKA quadratic matrix. When fully operational, the SKA telescope will be 50 times more powerful than current telescopes. The telescope will be the largest of its kind in the world with an image resolution that exceeds the Hubble Space Telescope by a factor of 50 times.
This day represents some of the milestones of Africa in our quest to reach the rest of the world and make our own contributions to civilization. The SKA will comprise a forest of 3,000 plates spread over a square kilometer area through remote terrain in several African countries, as well as in Australia, to allow astronomers to look deeper into space with unparalleled detail.
The SKA, which is expected to be fully operational by 2030, will explore exploding stars, black holes and traces of the origins of the universe about 14 billion years ago. A panorama captured by the MeerKAT telescope on Friday showed “the clearest view so far” of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, according to the South African Astronomy Observatory.