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 South Africa office in Cape Town has put together this playful and funky timelapse video, starring the KAT-7 array against the night sky:Β  KAT-7 Array Timelapse (click to play the video clip in YouTube).

KAT-7 is a seven-dish radio astronomy telescope that has been built, and is currently being commissioned, in the Northern Cape, outside the small town of Carnarvon. It is a prototype array for the far larger and more ambitious 64-dish MeerKAT, a mid-frequency ‘pathfinder’ or demonstrator radio telescope, which is to be built alongside the proposed SKA core site in the next few years.

Curious?

Have a browse through the latest newsletters of the SKA South Africa here: http://ska.ac.za/newsletter/index.php.

Or check out my other posts here: Blog posts.

We are living in exciting times!

Sunset at the KAT-7 site

14 thoughts on “Timelapse video of the KAT-7 array in the Karoo

  1. Thank you for posting this, Reggie. I see you reached 200,000 hits and you didn’t even have a party! (Or did you have a party and I missed it?) In any case, big WA-HOOS and congratulations to a wonderful blogger. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Kathy – well-spotted! Yes, I unfortunately missed the dramatic moment when my stats counter clocked 200,000, so I decided not to have a party. 😦 But THANK YOU for your congratulations!

  2. Reggie, I don’t know if you have seen the Kat-7 article in the September issue of “Country Life” magazine? You’ll probably already know much more than is written there though, with your inside knowledge. πŸ™‚

    I got the magazine for another article, but paging through it, I’m imaging you becoming a contributor . . . πŸ˜‰

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