Ma­jor new SKA project launched

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

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)

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