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9th of December 2022
SKA Construction Commencement
The announcement this week of the commencement of on-site construction activity for both SKA-Low in Australia and SKA-Mid in South Africa was celebrated with ceremonies at the SKA sites in both countries. The SKA-Mid telescope will incorporate the dishes of the existing MeerKAT telescope. MeerKAT currently consists of sixty-four 13.5m dishes, with a maximum baseline of 8km. The MeerKAT extension project, in collaboration with Germany and Italy, will add a further 16 dishes and extend the maximum baseline to 17km. MeerKAT will be incorporated into SKA-Mid only towards the end of its construction in 2027. (Image credit: SARAO)

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