Power of 64 Telescopes Observe Universe

An worldwide team of astronomers used 64 radio telescope dishes to detect neutral hydrogen gas on cosmological dimensions.

The South African MeerKAT telescope, a forerunner to the world's largest radio observatory, the SKA Observatory (SKAO), made the discovery.

SKAO aims to comprehend the evolution and content of the Universe and the factors driving its accelerated expansion

On these scales, galaxies can be regarded single points, and their distribution gives hints about gravity and dark matter and energy.

Radio telescopes are great for this since they can detect neutral hydrogen's 21cm wavelength radiation

By studying 3D hydrogen maps spanning millions of light-years, we examine the Universe's matter distribution.

SKAO's Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, headquarters is under construction

There are pathfinder telescopes, like MeerKAT's 64-dish array, to influence its design.

MeerKAT, based in the Karoo Desert and operated by SARAO, will join SKAO

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