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MeerKAT Telescope

MeerKAT Telescope:

Astronomers used machine learning to mine data from South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope.

  • MeerKAT telescope is situated in South Africa’s Northern Cape province and is a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope.
  • It was originally known as the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT) which would consist of 20 receptors.
  • At present, it is having an array of 64 interlinked receptors.
  • It uses radio signals from space to study the evolution of the universe and everything it contains.
  • Astronomers used a coding framework called Astronomoly and found Odd Radio Circle, which they named SAURON (a Steep and Uneven Ring Of Non-thermal Radiation).
  • Odd Radio Circles are very large mysterious objects that are highly circular and bright along the edges at radio wavelengths.
  • Although ORCs are bright at radio wavelengths, they cannot be observed at visible, infrared or X-ray wavelengths.