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A giant leap for global astronomy under the SA sky


A giant leap for global astronomy under the SA sky

The final design for the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, has been approved

Senior science reporter

Later this year, when some heavyweight brains gather around a table, they’ll be plotting the next big move in the human journey of understanding our universe. Foremost in everyone’s mind will be a vast landscape under a Northern Cape sky, where the world’s biggest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is under construction.

“The SKA partners are currently preparing the funding schedule to be approved at the first meeting of the SKA Observatory Council, scheduled for later this year,” Khulu Phasiwe, head of communications at the SA Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), told Times Select.

Recently, the system’s critical design was “given a level of due diligence and certainty to support the definition of, and commitment to, the exact funding requirements and attraction of prospective new partners to the project”, explains Phasiwe...

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