Time Lines

The MeerLICHT project is currently in its final phase of construction, and soon moves into the ‘installation and commissioning’ phase. The telescope is expected to arrive at the Sutherland station of the South African Astronomical Observatory in 2017 March for installation and engineering/science commissioning.

Pre-construction: 2012 – 2015

Construction: 2016 – 2017 (Jan-February)

Installation and commissioning: 2017 (March-June)

Early science: 2017 (July-December)

Science operations: 2018 – 2022