astronomy

Librarian saves ancient African manuscripts in Timbuktu

When al-Qaida invaded the historic city of Timbuktu, Malian librarian Abdel Kader Haidara worked under the cover of night to save thousands of ancient manuscripts - documenting African knowledge in astronomy, poetry, religion and science - from the extremists.

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Meteor shower set to light up South African skies tonight

The prolific Perseid meteor shower can be viewed in South African skies tonight, presenting a galactic display of light and spectacle for astronomy buffs and starry-eyed dreamers alike.

SKA will boost Africa’s presence in science fields

South Africa has spent more than R29-million on bursaries in engineering, astrophysics and astronomy in the past nine years, riding on the back of the SKA project. Young scientists from across the continent have benefited. One day, they may win Nobel prizes for their innovations.

South African scientists make astronomy breakthrough

Wits physicists have announced a breakthrough in the study of external galaxies using the High Energy Stereoscopic System telescopes. The team has found three "extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud", a satellite dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way.

Max Planck Institute invests in MeerKAT

The German institute is pouring R150-million into building and installing radio receivers on the MeerKAT radio telescope. The project, it says, will grant its scientists access to a world-class facility and its unique unrestricted view on our galaxy, and will boost MeerKAT's scientific potential even further.

Art and science unite at SKA

The art, culture and beliefs of two ancient tribes on two sides of Earth are united in an exhibition ringing the links between art, science and religion, hosted by the Square Kilometre Array. Most science is beautiful, and so is most art, says the head of the South African mission of the joint South Africa-Australia initiative.

Starry-eyed under a Shared Sky

Indigenous astronomy in the southern hemisphere colourfully blurs the lines between fact and fiction; ancient humans used the stars scientifically to track seasons and navigate, but also wove magical myths about the origins of the universe based on the shining spheres. The Shared Sky exhibition captures these stories in handmade quilts and textiles.

Starry-eyed under a Shared Sky

Indigenous astronomy in the southern hemisphere colourfully blurs the lines between fact and fiction; ancient humans used the stars scientifically to track seasons and navigate, but also wove magical myths about the origins of the universe based on the shining spheres. The Shared Sky exhibition captures these stories in handmade quilts and textiles.

SKA: answering the big questions about the universe

Is the universe expanding? What is dark energy? What's the deal with gravity? And the biggest question of all; are we alone? The Square Kilometre Array, which will aim to answer these questions and more, is slowly taking shape in a remote corner of South Africa's starry-skied Karoo.

SKA: answering the big questions about the universe

Is the universe expanding? What is dark energy? What's the deal with gravity? And the biggest question of all; are we alone? The Square Kilometre Array, which will aim to answer these questions and more, is slowly taking shape in a remote corner of South Africa's starry-skied Karoo.