In 2018, a scientific mega-project –the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope in the remote South African town of Carnarvon–went online to unlock cosmic puzzles from dark energy to detecting extraterrestrial life.
“When we look far into the distant universe, we are observing objects way in the past – when they were young. We expected to find that these distant giants would appear as a comparatively small pair of vague lobes. To our surprise, we found that these giants still appear enormous even though they are so far away,” said astrophysicist Michael D. Smith at University of Kent. Conventional wisdom tells us that large objects appear smaller as they get farther from us, but this fundamental law of classical physics is reversed when we observe the distant universe.