The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) belongs in Africa.
Guest Post by Rod Marcel of SKA Africa.
Africa is bidding to host the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). When constructed, in 2025, it will have 50 times greater sensitivity than any other radio telescope on Earth. The SKA will probe the edges of our universe, even before the first stars and galaxies that formed after the Big Bang. This telescope will contribute to answering fundamental questions in astronomy, physics and cosmology, including the nature of dark energy and dark matter.
South Africa is leading the African bid and has already legislated to create 12.5 million hectares of protected area – or radio astronomy reserve. This area is also referred to as the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Area, offering low levels of radio frequency interference, very little light pollution, basic infrastructure of roads, electricity and communication.
The human story began in Africa and it can also be the place where we find answers to the story of our universe. Please help us bring the SKA project to Africa by learning about the project and the advantages of the South African SKA bid. A comprehensive resource on the South African SK bid can be found at http://www.skaafrica.com