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MeerKAT radio telescope discovered hundreds of new galaxies

Despite the fact that the MeerKAT radio telescope is stillnot even completed to the end (completion of the project is scheduled for 2017), he has already made an amazing discovery with the help of a single photograph. The resulting image captured more than 1300 different galaxies. It should be added that to date, earth scientists knew only about 70 of them. And this frame covers only 0.01% of the celestial sphere.

By 2024, the MeerKAT radio telescope will consistof 64 plates with a radius of 13.5 meters each. To date, only 16 receiving antennas are functioning, but this does not prevent the telescope from taking the first photographs of the universe surrounding us. At the second stage of construction, 16 more antennas will be launched, and by the end of 2017 MeerKAT will be fully operational. And then scientists will be able to see with it what was previously inaccessible to them.

MeerKAT is part of the SKA radio interferometer(Square Kilometre Array), a square kilometer grid, which will be 50 times more sensitive than any other radio telescope on our planet. 20 countries are collaborating on this project, and SKA is expected to reach full capacity in 2024. SKA receiving antennas are spaced more than 3,000 kilometers from the central core. Today, construction is underway in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The headquarters of the project is located in the UK.