The “Offset Gregorian” type antenna stands among 15 others that form part of the current configuration of the MeerKAT telescope. Photo: Sibusiso Biyela.

Big discoveries and sharper pictures for growing MeerKAT telescope

THE MEERKAT telescope turned its eyes to deep space for the first time last year, and this year has produced even more captivating images with all its 32 eyes. Minister at the Department of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, delivered news on the progress of the telescope to parliament on Tuesday. In July 2016, the…

Janethon de Klerk (18, left) conducting a science experiment with a fellow learner at Carnarvon High School.

It starts with oneself – you need to love what you are doing

Janathon De Klerk calls herself the Astronomer of the Karroo in line with her ambition to become a radio astronomer at the Square Kilometre Array project. Now, her ambitions follow her ability to secure bursaries from the project due to her excellent performance at school and so far, she has not disappointed. Born and raised…

The “Offset Gregorian” type antenna stands among 15 others that form part of the current configuration of the MeerKAT telescope. Photo: Sibusiso Biyela.

MeerKAT Puts South Africa on the Map

  TOP government officials bore witness to the launch of what is on its way to being the most powerful telescope in the world. The weekend saw the unveiling of 16 new antennas at the SKA site near Carnarvon with amazing science to boot. The MeerKAT team, in conjunction with the Department of Science and…

Elon Musk and the Tesla. Source: Flickr user CyberHades

SKA SA’s Jasper Horrell writes open letter to Elon Musk

By Jasper Horrell (General Manager: Science Computing and Innovation, SKA SA) Dear Elon, The five areas you have identified as playing important roles in the future of mankind are indeed important ones (evolution of the internet – humanity’s “nervous system”, sustainable energy, becoming a multi-planet species, artificial intelligence, and writable genetics). I would, however, add a…

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Blind astronomer turns data into beautiful sounds – Scifest 2015

It’s impossible to describe the incandescent beauty of the Milky Way on a clear night, especially if you can get away from the city lights. Nor can you deny the role that stargazing has played in the arts and culture and history of humanity. How terrible, then, must it be to be robbed of this…

From ska.ac.za: South Africa is currently building the Karoo Array Telescope, or MeerKAT, a mid-frequency 'pathfinder' or demonstrator radio telescope, alongside the SKA core site. The first seven dishes of the local precursor instrument - known as KAT-7 - were completed by December 2010 and are now being commissioned. Photo: Dr Nadeem Oozeer

The sounds of time

Humans have always had stars in their eyes. Since we began recording history, and probably before that, the stars and planets have been shaping our lives on earth. Literally, in the sense that we are but stardust held together by gravity and chemical attractions; mythically in the sense of star signs and astrology; and scientifically.…