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The government will soldier on with a multibillion-rand Karoo telescope that will allow astronomers to see billions of years back in time, regardless of what happens with a bid to build the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Deputy science & technology minister Derek Hanekom says the R1,1bn MeerKAT

An international panel of experts has declared that the MeerKAT radio telescope being built by the SA team preparing SA’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has passed its “preliminary design review” with “distinction”. MeerKAT is a 64-dish radio telescope

Oil giant Shell’s plans to prospect for shale gas in the Karoo could affect SA’s bid to build the world’s biggest radio telescope, MPs heard on Wednesday. Science and technology deputy director-general Val Munsami said

SA’s bid to host the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), could bring the country as much as €200m (R1,9bn) a year. This according to an inter-ministerial committee, which is leading SA’s bid for the project.

Astronomers from around the world were queuing up to use SA’s MeerKAT radio telescope, the project team said on Thursday. Even though MeerKAT was still five years from being operational, more than 43 000 hours of observing time had already been allocated