NRF/SARAO Losberg Site Public Open Days

South Africa’s MeerKAT Radio Telescope is located on the National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) Losberg Site (“the site”) outside Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, and is currently the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. In order to retain its world-class status, it is very important for MeerKAT to be shielded from radio frequency interference (RFI), which in turn means human activity on the site must be restricted and access to the site must be controlled.

However, in order to provide members of the public with the opportunity to visit MeerKAT and the other radio instruments hosted on the site, SARAO will host up to three Public Open Days per year during the government school holidays.

The next Public Open Day/s will be on:

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Unfortunately, no public visits to the site can be accommodated outside of the date/s above.

Meeting time and point: 08h00 at the SASSA Hall, corner of Lang and Burger Street, Carnarvon, Northern Cape
Duration: Approximately eight (8) hours, i.e. 08h00-16h00
Total capacity: 60 people per Public Open Day (Maximum 10 people per group)
Price: R350 per person (includes return transport to the site, welcome refreshments, bottled water, a branded gift and an official group photograph to be supplied electronically post-event)

Please read and accept our Public Open Day Visitor Information and Terms and Conditions in order to proceed to our online booking form.