Spread over an area of a square kilometer (0.4 square miles), the jaw-dropping SKA is expected to be 50 times more powerful than all other telescopes and will help astronomers image inaccessible areas of deep space "with unprecedented detail", reports Phys.org.
"We wanted to show the science capabilities of this new instrument", said Fernando Camilo, the chief scientist at SARAO.
South Africa Deputy President David Mabuza on Friday officially inaugurated the 64-dish MeerKAT telescope at a ceremony near Carnarvon.
"It is the first time you have a telescope that will track a radio telescope so that if there are discoveries that are made, you will be able to follow up", Phil Mjwara, director general in the South African ministry of Science and Technology, told reporters. It is managed by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), where most of the specialized hardware and associated software was designed and built, in cooperation with industrial partners. In Afrikaans meer-more, as in "more KAT", but it also refers to the small mammal native to the Karoo and famed for standing on its hind legs to view the world.
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Black hole expert Farhad Yusef-Zadeh, of Northwestern University in the USA, said: "This image is remarkable".
Erin Ryan, from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, described the image as awesome because the fine filaments in the radio image serve as excellent tracers of the galactic magnetic field, which astronomers do not often see in optical and infrared data.
But up close, each sensitive dish is nearly as high as a three story building, rotating on a fixed pedestal as it scans the sky. Chosen because of its remoteness, with hills providing an extra shield against radio interference, the project site is the main African base for hundreds of antennae that will eventually be placed as far as Kenya and Ghana.
The projects give high-tech firms in South Africa a boost as they're providing home-grown technologies and equipment to these worldwide projects.
SKA SA Managing Director, Rob Adam, said: "We have electricians being trained, boilermakers, fitters and turners and people splashing the fibre that carries the signal from the satellites through the computers, that fibre is being splashed by people from the local community".