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Another discovery for MeerKAT

The MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa has been used to solve a decade-long astronomical puzzle. A team that included “several young South Africans” discovered the “hiding hydrogen” of a well-known galaxy named NGC 1316 in two previously unseen gaseous trails. “Thanks to these observations all pieces of the puzzle are now in place, and we finally have a more precise and coherent understanding of the formation of this famous galaxy,” said the Italian leader of the research team, Paolo Serra, in a statement. The MeerKAT is a precursor of the Square Kilometre Array, which is being constructed in South Africa and Australia. 

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