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Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, has announced that 20 additional dishes will be allocated to the MeerKAT radio telescope array. The project, a precursor to the larger Square Kilometer Array which will see participation from multiple southern African nations, has already provided images of a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy. The new dishes, which will cost U.S.$55.4 million, will expand the reach of the project’s research area.

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Some of the 64 radio antennas of the MeerKAT telescope in the Karoo (file photo).