first_imgCompiled and photographed by Janine Erasmus South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, one of the most important scientific instruments ever constructed, is gaining ground. At the proposed SKA site in the remote Northern Cape province, the seven-dish KAT-7 – precursor to the MeerKAT, which is precursor to the SKA – is the world’s first radio telescope array consisting of fibreglass dishes.The instrument has already delivered images of the Centaurus A, a galaxy 14-million light years away.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  The vast, flat Karoo plains are perfect for construction of the SKA.• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image Sociable weaver nest.• Download high-resolution image The SKA site complex from afar.• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image This little trailer contains instrumentationthat was used in the determination ofthe area’s radio quietness.• Download high-resolution image Mould of the KAT-7 dish. All seven dishes weremade on site, and the facility will be expandedto accommodate the larger MeerKAT dishes.• Download high-resolution image The remote control room is located in ashielded container, to minimise the emissionof radio waves.• Download high-resolution image The trailer used to take the dishes tothe KAT-7 site, about 1km down the road.• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image On-site control room in a shielded container.• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image The final development of the highlyconfigurable Roach board, used extensivelyin the hardware, was carried out inSouth Africa.• Download high-resolution image More galleries: South Africa’s wildlifeCape Town’s busy harboursSouth Africa’s new ape-man species World Cup stadiums 120 days to kickoff The People’s Bus World Cup gets Beetle mania Brand South Africa at Davos Zuma’s UK state visit Soccer City Stadium Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Football Fridays launch Welcome to Joburg! 2120 Fifa World Cup Jacob Zuma’s inauguration A twinkling nest of treasureslast_img

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