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…

The nuts and bolts that make up the KAT-7 #Scibraai Monday Menu

Do you want to get up to speed with what’s been happening in the Karoo since the construction of the first KAT-7 radio telescopes started? Then have a look at this paper written by a host of local and international experts in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In it, Tony Folley and…

Eight water data projects from last weekend’s SKAHack

While the past week may have seen massive downpours, it doesn’tmean the drought and water shortages are over. This is why Geekulcha hosted its most recent hackathon – the SKAHack – to encourage developers to help find solutions for problems in their community. Named after the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), SKAHack was held in the Eastern Cape…

Die seun van Soweto en die ‘SKA-babas’

CARNARVON. – Min mense kan sê hulle is ’n teleskoop-operateur. Kabelo Montshiwa (29), wat in Soweto grootgeword het en nou in die Moederstad woon, kan egter met trots sê hy is een van die MeerKAT-teleskoop­operateurs. En al staan daar tans nog net vier van dié reuse-radioskottel­antennas op die Square Kilometre Array-terrein, 85 km van Carnarvon, sal…

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,”…

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…

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…