South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope snaps stunning shot of Milky Way center

“We wanted to show the science capabilities of this new instrument,” says Fernando Camilo, chief scientist of SARAO. “The center of the galaxy was an obvious target: unique, visually striking and full of unexplained phenomena – but also notoriously hard to image using radio telescopes. Although it’s early days with MeerKAT, and a lot remains to be optimized, we decided to go for it – and were stunned by the results.”

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