World's Super Radio Telescope Finds 1300 New Galaxies

Posted: Jul 18 2016, 3:05am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 18 2016, 4:41am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

World's Super Radio Telescope Finds 1300 New Galaxies
Montage of MeerKAT First Light radio image and four zoomed-in insets. The two panels to the right show distant galaxies with massive black holes at their centers. At lower left is a galaxy approximately 200 million light years away, where hydrogen gas is being used up to form stars in large numbers. Credit: SKA Africa
  • Radio Telescope spots more than a Thousand New Galaxies in the Night Sky

A super radio telescope has spotted more than a thousand new galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before.

A novel radio telescope has spotted about 1300 galaxies in the sky. Before this, only 70 such galaxies had been seen in the firmament. The radio telescope was functioning at a quarter of its full capacity, yet it managed to make this major discovery.

Termed the MeerKAT radio telescope, this large device is located in South Africa. The image covering the 1300 galaxies was put up for public viewing. This happens to be the first discovery from MeerKAT.

Up until now only 16 dishes have been made functional in the repertoire of the new radio telescope. By the time 2017 rolls in, 64 receptors will be added to form a multination Square Kilometer Array (SKA).

MeerKAT is well on its way to becoming the world’s most powerful radio telescope. The pics churned out by MeerKAT are better than any that have made it to the astronomical archives so far. The dishes of MeerKAT are located in Carnarvon which is a few hundred kilometers north of Cape Town.

Despite operating at a fraction of its full capacity, this novel radio telescope is simply the best. This shows its extreme power and capacity to scan the skies.

By the time the year 2020 arrives and beyond, the SKA will have over 3000 dishes in its arsenal of observatory equipment. These will be spread over an area that will be 0.4 square miles in its dimensions.

Astronomers will be able to look deep within the dark recesses of outer space via this telescopic setup. This telescope will have a “search capacity” that is 10,000 times more than any other advanced sky observation device.

Among the list of space objects it will explore in detail are: black holes, exploding stars, dark energy and remnants from the early stages of the universe.

MeerKAT is being constructed in the desert region of Karoo in South Africa. It is the best vantage point for astronomers to make their discoveries. The other half of MeerKAT will be situated in Australia.

It was a team effort that involved some 200 skilled personnel that resulted in the building of the MeerKAT. This is the first time that an African nation has reached such an advanced caliber in the annals of astronomy.

The sort of global construction that will allow the MeerKAT to function limitlessly in the future is ready and only needs the green light signal from the scientific authorities. It is a project headed by over 20 countries including Great Britain.

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