Without Dr Bernie Fanaroff, the SKA might never have come to South African shores.
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Fanaroff is one of the key individuals responsible for the current growth and strength of astronomy in South Africa.
Some of the MeerKAT’s 64 dishes, which astronomers use to collect huge amounts of data.
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Complementary science will be at the heart of the Square Kilometre Array.
Jayanne English using data from MeerKAT and the Dark Energy Survey
Next-generation radio telescopes unravel the mysteries of ghostly circles in the sky.
Ilgari Inyayimaha (Shared Sky), painted by artists Margaret Whitehurst, Jenny Green, Barbara Merritt, Charmaine Green, Kevin Merritt, Sherryl Green, Tracey Green, Wendy Jackamarra, Susan Merry, Johnaya Jones, Gemma Merritt, Craig ‘Chook’ Pickett, and Nerolie Blurton.
A new 3D film follows two children as they discover the astrophysical story of the universe and Yamaji stories of the sky and land. Making it was an extraordinary cross-cultural experience.
MeerKAT, the precursor to the massive Square Kilometre Array, allows astronomers to gather huge amounts of data about galaxies.
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Technology is allowing astronomers to study and analyse galaxies in far more detail than was previously possible.
Some of the dishes that make up the Square Kilometre Array’s radio telescope system. This kind of “blue skies” research can have great real-world value.
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The pandemic has underscored that the world requires agility for survival. That makes blue skies science, which encourages curiosity and nimble thinking, perhaps more important than ever.
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The federal budget contains money for big-ticket items like the SKA telescope and mRNA vaccines. But dwindling funds for universities and fundamental science will leave us vulnerable to future problems.
The Southern African Large Telescope has been a key part of South Africa’s astronomical contributions.
Cape astronomers were responsible for, among other things, the first measurement of the distance to a star; the first photographic sky survey and the accurate measurement of the distance to the sun.
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When the outlook is dark, astronomy can help us take the long view and build for the future.
Having data at your fingertips isn’t enough - data scientists must know how to apply it.
Data science is going to grow over the coming decades and requires trained graduates who can handle the work.
The MeerKAT radio telescope under construction in South Africa’s Karoo region.
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The SKA global project could be a driver that contributes to South Africa’ economic growth.
An image by MeerKAT shows hydrogen gas in M83, a famous spiral galaxy.
A precursor to the Square Kilometre Array- the MeerKAT telescope - is being built right now and remarkable progress has been made in the last 12 months.
The refurbished radio telescope in Kutunse, Ghana paves the way for astronomy in Africa.
Astronomy on the continent has been given a much needed boost with Ghana’s converted radio telescope between it and South Africa, to conduct scientific observations.
Very few African universities offer postgraduate degrees in astronomy. This gap in knowledge and training can be addressed through international partnerships and collaboration.
Jets generated by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies can transport huge amounts of energy across great distances.
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It’s difficult to get jets - powerful, lightning fast particles - to give up their secrets. The new Square Kilometre Array radio telescope could hold the key to solving jets’ mysteries.
SKA South Africa
What’s particularly exciting about “first light” images from South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope is that they prove Africa is a rising star in the world of astronomy.
This is a new era of physics and astronomy - and scientists all over the globe, including in Africa, have a role to play.
The discovery of gravitational waves has ushered in a new era in astronomy and physics. Where will the next big discovery be made? There’s no reason for it not to be Africa.
The vast expanse of Western Australia is perfect for radio astronomy.
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The Murchison Widefield Array sits in remote Western Australia far from noisy civilisation so it can help us understand the universe by tuning into radio waves from the distant cosmos.
Malcolm Turnbull has now announced his strategy to promote innovation and science in Australia.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). Here’s what it means for science, commercialisation and industry in Australia.
People throughout Africa can play a part in the work of the Square Kilometre Array even if they are not scientists.
Citizen science will ensure that the skies have no limit when it comes to research, as ordinary people are encouraged to take part in simple acts of exploration.