The MeerKAT telescope at the South African Radio Observatory (SARAO) is a “ticket” to our deeper understanding of the history of the universe,media CNET reported. The telescope captured a new radio image showing a distant galaxy we’ve never seen before.
The composite images show radiation images of the MeerKAT antenna array and distant galaxies in South Africa. The image is similar to a flash pool on a black background, but each point of light represents a galaxy. The brightest are galaxies with supermassive black holes. “But what sets this picture apart is that there are many faint dots in the sky,” SARAO scientists said in a statement on Tuesday. These distant galaxies like ours have never been seen in radio waves before. “
This image covers thousands of galaxies. The astronomy team working on the project is working on a cosmic era called “cosmic noon”, which took place between 8 billion and 11 billion years ago. This is an active period of star formation, but it is difficult to detect a prolific star system similar to ours through all cosmic noise.
James Condon, an astronomer at the National Radio Observatory, said: “Because radio waves travel at the speed of light, this image is a time machine that can sample the formation of stars in these distant galaxies over billions of years. He is co-author of the MeerKAT observation paper, published in the Astrophysical Journal.
MeerKAT’s 64 dish antennas took 130 hours to “star” at the sky. New data is helping scientists learn more about the history of star formation. MeerKAT began operations in 2016.