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The science enabled by MeerLICHT is strongly linked to the ThunderKAT and TRAPUM MeerKAT Large Survey Projects and covers a broad range of astrophysical transients. By exclusively linking MeerLICHT to MeerKAT, we will, for the first time ever, provide optical multi-band observations of every night-time observation conducted by a radio telescope, ensuring that every transient in the field of view will be simultaneously covered in the radio and the optical.

This combination opens up the regime of simultaneous, short time-scale radio-optical correlations in astrophysical transients: dwarf novae, novae, X-ray binaries, pulsars, fast radio bursts, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, active galactic nuclei, gravitational wave events and sources yet unknown.