While operating at only a quarter of its potential power, South Africa’s MeerKat radio telescope has already produced a stunning image that revealed the true depth of an insignificant corner of our universe.

With its inaugural photograph Meerkat peered into a portion of space that comprises only 0.01 percent of Earth’s surrounding sky, the photo it returned revealed 1,300 galaxies where previously only 70 had been captured.

while only 16 of MeerKat’s 64 dishes were used in the capture of the image, the rest should be operational by the end of 2017. In the future MeerKat will be added to a larger array of 133 dishes, totalling 197.

This array is just one part of an international effort known as SKA that is attempting to build a radio telescope 100 times more powerful than any currently in existence.

 

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