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>> This scientific mega project in a remote town in South Africa is aiming to unlock the mysteries of the universe. From detecting extra terrestrial of life to discovering the origins of the galaxies. And on Friday, it received a major boost with the launch of a 64 dish radio telescope named MeerKAT.
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>> Billed at a cost of around $330 million, each dish acts like a camera scanning and taking pictures of the universe 20,000 light years away from Earth. Reuters' Wendell Roelf was at the inauguration.>> Co-hosted in Africa and Australia, the SKA or Square Kilometer Array telescope will be able to scan the skies 10,000 times faster and 50 times the sensitivity of any other telescope.
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It will produce images clearer than the Hubble Space Telescope.>> When the project becomes fully operational in around 10 years time, it will be the world's biggest and most powerful radio telescope.>> When I was doing my degree studying physics, I was wondering where am I gonna end up?
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And then when I was invited to come take part in this, it was back in 2012. We were only dealing with seven antennas at the time. And the control software was a bit outdated. So, being here now, it feels like full circle and it's really been good, good learning curves and now all I have to do is impact that knowledge to the young ones.
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>> The expansion is expected to start next year.