MeerLICHT and other collaborations

MeerLICHT ("more light" in Dutch) is a fully-robotic optical telescope in South Africa. The MeerLICHT telescope will always point at the same part of the sky as MeerKAT (at night). This is the first time ever that simultaneous optical and radio observations will occur every night. MeerLICHT was constructed by Radboud University Nijmegen, so that every transient detected by MeerKAT (at night) has real-time optical observations. MeerLICHT has a 0.65 m mirror and a FoV of 2.7 square degrees. MeerLICHT can detect sources down to a magnitude of 22.2 in a 1 minute integration.

The MeerTRAP incoherent beam and 400 coherent beams compared to the MeerLICHT field of view. The coherent beams can be positioned anywhere inside the incoherent beam and do not need to be in a tight grid. The background image is a MeerLICHT image of the small magellanic cloud (courtesy of the MeerLICHT group).


The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

The University of Manchester

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement number 694745).