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Telescope teams plan cooperation

South Africa's most powerful telescope will work with one of its European counterparts, pending their completion, under an agreement on joint scientific priorities.

The European Space Agency’s Athena is an X-ray telescope that is intended to study high-energy processes in space, including the formation of gas structures and black holes, while South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array is a collection of radio telescopes that will monitor stars and gravitational waves. Both are under construction and are expected to be operational by the late 2020s.

On 21 October the SKA Organisation, which governs the SKA, announced that it has agreed to work with Athena representatives to develop synergies between the scientific activities of the two initiatives. This is expected to include work on galaxy clusters.

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