To be sure, this time will shine. Regrettably, it may often shine with the coarse flame of anger and pride, with the sickly gleam of the fascist's polished boot. But it will also shine from our renewed hearts.
The "first light" images are just the beginning. Even at a quarter of its full strength MeerKAT - and ultimately the SKA project - seems set to prove that the sky really is the limit for what we can learn about our universe.
The plot covers 650 billion cubic light-years and contains 1.2 million galaxies.
Maybe we're just blips on some cosmic computer screen.
There have been many scientific highlights of physics and astronomy in recent years: the Higgs Boson, landing a probe on a comet, and an amazing fly-by of Pluto. But all this is dwarfed by what has been announced this week. A new era of science has begun.
Science is advancing rapidly. We are eradicating diseases, venturing further into space and discovering a growing zoo of
A new research observation by an international team of astrophysicists using the Hubble Space Telescope has led to the discovery of the largest sample of the faintest, smallest, and earliest known galaxies in the Universe.
But in the last half century or so, a great many theories either cannot be proven through gathering evidence or barely can be.