A recent report from the BBC has highlighted Africa's potential to host the largest radio astronomy facility in history, the Square Kilometre Array. A consortium of nine African countries are one of two final candidates to host the SKA, with Australia and New Zealand providing the alternative candidate site. Construction of the MeerKAT telescope - a prescursor to the SKA - is already underway in South Africa. The first stage of this project - the KAT-7 array of seven telescopes - has been successfully completed. A decision on where to locate the SKA due in the March 2012.
The BBC report can be found here
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