radio astronomy

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.

Time-travelling SKA to look back at the birth of stars

Foreign journalists touring South Africa's centres of innovation excellence were given an inside look at the country's Square Kilometre Array project, an international effort to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world, two-thirds of which are being built right here.

SKA will change the way we listen to the universe

It is billions of rand and years in the making, but once the Square Kilometre Array – most of which will be located in South Africa – is up and running, it will offer a clear hotline to the universe. The massive radio telescope installation will help scientists study the stars.

SA, US sign radio astronomy pact

South Africa's Square Kilometre Array project has struck an agreement with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory of the United States that is set to foster high-level science collaboration between the two countries.

SKA SA calls for design participants

South African companies and institutions with the right expertise may be eligible for financial assistance towards participating in the design phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, SKA South Africa announced last week.

SA in new deep space collaboration

As the first results from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite were being released last week, astronomers at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory near Johannesburg were working on a new radio telescope that will also shed new light on the earliest moments of the universe.

South Africa, Russia sign satellite pact

The South African National Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency have signed an agreement that will see the RadioAstron satellite mission collaborating with radio astronomy facilities in Africa, including the planned Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

SKA South Africa joins ‘big data’ project

Square Kilometre Array South Africa is joining IBM and the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy in a four-year collaboration to tackle the "big data" challenge posed by the SKA - and in the process to lay the foundation for what is expected to be a completely new era in computing.

South Africa’s SKA bid gets new campaign

South Africa's bid to host the Square Kilometre Array is gathering momentum with the launch of Full Moon Fever, a new campaign aimed at drumming up national support for the initiative.
MeerKAT in demand among scientists