Category Archives: Karoo Array Telescope and MeerKAT

The Pinelands Muse leaps into its third year of publication

And Richard becomes famous! :-) Since October 2010, a glossy community magazine has popped into our postbox towards the end of each month (I wrote about their first anniversary here). Known as the Pinelands Muse, or just affectionately as ‘The … Continue reading

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Timelapse video of the KAT-7 array in the Karoo

With the exciting decision, as to whether the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the biggest Earth-based radio telescope in the world, will be hosted in Southern Africa or in Australia plus New Zealand, looming on the horizon, Rupert at the SKA … Continue reading

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Introducing the Karoo Array Telescope

If you have ever scrolled down the right-hand margin of my blog, you might have spotted a section called “Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7)” beneath the following photograph of seven structures that look like high-tech satellite dishes pointing straight up at … Continue reading

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Horses visit the Karoo Array Telescope

Last week, hubby and a few colleagues from work spent some time in the Karoo at the site, where the dishes of the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT) – a telescope that will be used for radio astronomy – are being … Continue reading

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The KAT containers head north!

On Monday morning, bright and early, we “rushed” down the N2 (or rather, as slowly as the early-morning commuter traffic allowed) to make it to the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Observatory, Cape Town, around 8h00. The sun was … Continue reading

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Preparing for the departure of the KAT containers

Background On 6 May 2009, four containers arrived at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Observatory, Cape Town. These weren’t just normal containers, though. These were very special containers: high-tech, RFI-shielded containers, especially designed and outfitted to accommodate all … Continue reading

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An exciting visit to the KAT-7 site: Day 3 Returning home

We were up fairly early again on Sunday morning, had a quick breakfast, packed our bags, and then said goodbye to our toasty warm (thanks to a working heater/aircon!) home-from-home. I discovered that the building we’d stayed in had been … Continue reading

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An exciting visit to the KAT-7 site: Day 2.3 Site to Klerefontein

In the mid-afternoon, there was suddenly a mad rush to drive back to Losberg in order to see the rugby match between the touring British/Irish Lions and South Africa, being played in Durban. The guys who are currently living at … Continue reading

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An exciting visit to the KAT-7 site: Day 2.2 Losberg to Site

After lunch, we climbed back into our respective vehicles and drove along the recently constructed road to the site, where the first seven antenna dishes are being put up. Gerrit stopped briefly at a deliberately widened section of the road, … Continue reading

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An exciting visit to the KAT-7 site: Day 2.1 Carnarvon to Losberg

We were up fairly early on Saturday morning, and walked up to the camping site shortly before 08h00 to meet up with the others. It had rained very heavily during the night, with a blustering wind howling through the trees. … Continue reading

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