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Telescope meets mount
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:00

On Monday 30 January 2017, the MeerLICHT telescope and counterweight were lifted into the observatory dome of the Radboud University, where the telescope and counterweight were connected to the telescope mount. Over the coming month, extensive testing will be performed including on-sky observations.

Cooled counterweight under construction in Nijmegen
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 10:15

Work on the cooled counterweight of MeerLICHT is progressing very well at Radboud University in Nijmegen. The MeerLICHT electronics will be housed in the counterweight of the telescope where excess heat will be removed through a water cooling system.

Telescope mount arrives in Nijmegen
Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:15

The MeerLICHT telescope mount – produced by FORNAX in Hungary – has arrived in Nijmegen and was lifted into one of the observatory domes on 3 October 2016 for extensive testing, and integration with the MeerLICHT telescope.

MeerLICHT first light
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 10:30

MeerLICHT achieved first light at ASTRON on 14 September 2016.

Telescope assembled at ASTRON
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 10:15

The MeerLICHT telescope has been assembled for the first time at the Optical and Near-Infrared laboratory of ASTRON. Now it is time to test the alignment of the telescope’s optics and prepare for the first on-sky tests

MeerLICHT in the news
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 10:30

The MeerLICHT project is featured in the Mail and Guardian in an article by Sarah Wild.

Oxford astrophysics joins MeerLICHT
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 10:30

The astrophysics group of the University of Oxford has joined the MeerLICHT project in September 2015. Central of Oxford’s involvement in MeerLICHT is Prof Fender and his research group working on radio transients. Prof Fender is also the co-principal investigator of the MeerKAT large survey project on radio transients, ThunderKAT, a project closely affiliated with MeerLICHT.

MeerLICHT consortium MoU signed
Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:45

The MeerLICHT consortium agreement was signed on 28 November 2014 by the founding members of MeerLICHT, namely the University of Cape Town (represented by Prof Danie Visser, deputy vice chancellor for research and internationalisation), Radboud University Nijmegen (represented by Dr Mark Klein-Wolt, project manager of MeerLICHT), the South African Astronomical Observatory (represented by Prof Ted Williams, director), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (represented by Dr Louis Vertegaal, director board for physical sciences)