Major new SKA project launched
A MULTIMILLION-rand radio telescope project that will map out a third of the sky during its four years of observation was launched at the Umhlanga Coastlands Hotel yesterday.
The Hydrogen Intensity and Real Time Analysis eXperiment (Hirax) will be led by young astronomers from the University of KwaZuluNatal and located at the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in the Karoo, Western Cape.
Hirax – a compact radio telescope array of 1 024 six-metre dishes – will primarily study dark energy and frequent radio bursts.
It will be used in synergy with the 64-dish MeerKAT, the country’s precursor to the SKA. – African News Agency (ANA)