South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

Organisation: SARAO / SKA SA

Name of Exhibition: South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

Exhibition Summary:

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) will be displaying its Centre of the Milky Way Galaxy image, based on observations made with South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope, showing the clearest view yet of the central regions of our galaxy. At the distance of the galactic centre (located within the white area near image centre), this 2 degree by 1 degree panorama corresponds to an area of approximately 1,000 light-years by 500 light-years. The colour scheme chosen to display the signals represents the brightness of the radio waves recorded by the telescope (ranging from red for faint emission to orange to yellow to white for the brightest areas). This image shows a wealth of never before seen features, as well as a clearer view of previously known supernova remnants, star-forming regions, and radio filaments.


Niesa Burgher & Lorenzo Raynard
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