Large MeerKAT Data Release Reveals Beautiful New Cosmic Puzzles

An international team led by young South African researcher and UKZN alumnus, Dr Kenda Knowles, has just announced a comprehensive overview paper for the MeerKAT Galaxy Cluster Legacy Survey (MGCLS).

The paper, that will be published in the Astronomy & Astrophysics journal presents exciting, novel results, and is accompanied by the public release of a huge trove of curated data now available to astronomers worldwide to address a variety of challenging questions, such as those relating to the formation and evolution of galaxies throughout the Universe.

Rendering of possible HIRAX array to be installed at the South Africa Radio Astronomy Observatory site in the Karoo

DSI-NRF Funds HIRAX Dark Energy Telescope Credit: Prof Cynthia Chiang Following an intensive and rigorous review process involving international experts, the National Research Foundation (NRF) approved the funding of R35 million for the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) which will be built as a guest instrument on the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory’s