n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Visiting the SKA Site




On 17 March the MeerKAT/SKA site was opened for a tour by members of the academic community. The site has been designated a "National Key Point" and access is always likely to be restricted in the interests of avoiding Radio-Frequency Interference (RFI). The official arrangements were rather expensive but we obtained permission (along with several others, as it turned out) to travel independently to join the group in Carnarvon. The distance from Cape Town is around 600 km and it took us about 6½ hours via Clanwilliam and Calvinia to get there on Sunday 16th March, under light traffic conditions and only a few "stop-gos".


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