The "yellow blob" resolves into three with "better spectacles".

MeerKAT science: First Light

MeerKAT science: First Light THE MEERKAT radio telescope opened its eyes for the very first time last month and with the science being done, produced amazing images. MeerKAT lead scientist, Dr Fernando Camilo, took journalists and government officials on a journey that started with KAT-7 to the 16-dish MeerKAT array that ends with a stunning…

Moon_right-view_(Clementine_dataset)

The Moon and the reason I was working this Christmas

By Sibusiso Biyela KING Goodwill Zwelithini, young men coming to age, the full Moon and a great moral teacher is born. All these things have conspired to have me go to work this Christmas. Having the full moon this Christmas –something that has not happened since Star Wars Episode IV but more on that later-…

Die Karoo-landskap 85 km van Carnarvon sal oor twee jaar besaai wees met 64 skottelantennas wat elk byna 20 m hoog staan. Foto: ska.ac.za

Karoo in rep en roer met bou van MeerKAT-skottelantennas

Die Karoo-landskap 85 km van Carnarvon sal oor twee jaar besaai wees met 64 skottelantennas wat elk byna 20 m hoog staan. Alles is reeds bestel om elke groot en klein deeltjie van elk van dié skottelantennas te bou. “Oral in werkwinkels wat deel is van die projek kan jy instap en hulle is besig met MeerKAT,”…

Shared Skies

Mitologie en wetenskap vat hande

Die kunsprojek waarin inheemse mitologie en verhale oor die kosmos hande vat met die wetenskap, open vandeesweek in die Moederstad. Die internasionale Square Kilometre Array-projek (SKA) het dié uitstalling op die been gebring en Suid-Afrikaanse en Australiese kunstenaars gevra om met Shared Sky spesifiek die heelal uit te beeld soos inheemse bevolkings dit sien. Dit…

satelliet

Klein satelliet ‘billik én slimmer’

‘n Maatskappy in Somerset-Wes ontwikkel ’n kompakte satelliet wat te koop aangebied sal word. Dr. Sias Mostert, uitvoerende hoof van Space Commercial Services Aerospace Group (SCSAG), het aan Die Burger gesê hulle het aanvanklik begin om maatskappye en lande met die aanwending van satelliete te help. “Dit is een ding om ’n satelliet te bou…

Phase one of the telescope involves the incorporation of South Africa's 64-dish MeerKAT. (SKA South Africa)
Phase one of the telescope involves the incorporation of South Africa's 64-dish MeerKAT. (SKA South Africa)

What price a peek at the galaxy?

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) scientists and engineers are at this moment trying to predict what the world will look like in 2020. More than 350 of them, representing 18 nations and hailing from nearly 100 institutions, universities and industry, are trying to determine what will be possible technologically and how much it will cost as they design…

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa director Dr Bernie Fanaroff will retire at the end of next year.

Bernie Fanaroff searched the stars, but this reticent man remains unknown

By the sounds of it, South Africa stumbled into bidding to host the largest radio telescope in the world. Everyone will tell you that the SKA bid only started to take shape when Fanaroff joined the project office. “The big watershed, when we got seriously involved in the site bid … was when Bernie was brought…