By linking optical telescopes and radio telescopes, this system provides the world's most advanced tool for astronomical research , when experts can simultaneously see and hear ' universe!
MeerKAT is a 64 satellite dish that spreads over an area of 8km, linked together.
Unlike optical telescopes, which are well known, radio telescopes use sound waves to 'observe' the universe instead of images.
To be more precise, this telescope is actually a giant antenna with a Parabolic pan shape. Their mission is to collect radio sources in the universe. This obtained radio signal is often used as the initial information to determine the coordinates of the phenomena occurring in space; In the next step, scientists will use optical telescopes to visually observe the phenomenon.
The MeerKAT radio telescope is the first part of ' Square Kilometer Array ' - Earth's most powerful radio telescope system , built in South Africa.
MeerKAT is a 64 satellite dish that spreads over an area of 8km, linked together. Only each satellite dish is 20 meters high and weighs 7 African elephants. It is known that the total cost to build this project is up to 330 million USD and takes 10 years to complete.
Not only that, by connecting with the MeerLight optical telescope , the system allows experts to 'see and hear' the universe, thereby providing a powerful tool to study celestial literary.