Early science with MeerKAT

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Open Night on 14 Sep 2019
“Early science with MeerKAT”


Members of the public are welcome to an Open Night at the SAAO in Cape Town on 14 Sep 2019, starting at 20h00. Dr. Sharmila Goedhart (SARAO) will present a talk titled Early science with MeerKAT. This will be followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing.

Summary of the talk

The MeerKAT radio telescope is an array of 64 dishes situated in the Northern Cape.  While it was inaugurated in July 2018, much work remains to be done to unlock its full scientific potential. It is a complex instrument, with many capabilities and modes of operation. In this talk, you will learn about radio astronomy, the MeerKAT science programme,  some  early science results, and what it takes to bridge the gap between engineering completion and full science operations.


The Open Night will take place at the SAAO in Cape Town. The SAAO is located off Liesbeeck Parkway, next to the River Club.


Gates open at 19h30 and parking is available on site.