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Meteor shower set to light up South African skies tonight

Meteor shower set to light up South African skies tonight

The prolific Perseid meteor shower can be viewed in South African skies tonight, presenting a galactic display of light and spectacle for astronomy buffs and starry-eyed dreamers alike.

SKA will boost Africa’s presence in science fields

South Africa has spent more than R29-million on bursaries in engineering, astrophysics and astronomy in the past nine years, riding on the back of the SKA project. Young scientists from across the continent have benefited. One day, they may win Nobel prizes for their innovations.

South African scientists make astronomy breakthrough

South African scientists make astronomy breakthrough

Wits physicists have announced a breakthrough in the study of external galaxies using the High Energy Stereoscopic System telescopes. The team has found three "extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud", a satellite dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way.

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.
Starry-eyed under a Shared Sky

Starry-eyed under a Shared Sky

Indigenous astronomy in the southern hemisphere colourfully blurs the lines between fact and fiction; ancient humans used the stars scientifically to track seasons and navigate, but also wove magical myths about the origins of the universe based on the shining spheres. The Shared Sky exhibition captures these stories in handmade quilts and textiles.

SKA: answering the big questions about the universe

Is the universe expanding? What is dark energy? What's the deal with gravity? And the biggest question of all; are we alone? The Square Kilometre Array, which will aim to answer these questions and more, is slowly taking shape in a remote corner of South Africa's starry-skied Karoo.

SKA: answering the big questions about the universe

Is the universe expanding? What is dark energy? What's the deal with gravity? And the biggest question of all; are we alone? The Square Kilometre Array, which will aim to answer these questions and more, is slowly taking shape in a remote corner of South Africa's starry-skied Karoo.

South African scientist leads triple black hole discovery

South African scientist leads triple black hole discovery

Cape Town astronomer Roger Deane and a team of South African-funded researchers have discovered a trio of closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than 4-billion light years away - confirmation of the country's fast-growing expertise in the field of radio astronomy.

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.

Bloemfontein becomes city of stars

The first digital planetarium in sub-Saharan Africa is being installed at the Lamont-Hussey Observatory on Naval Hill, in Bloemfontein. A draw for visitors and students alike, they will experience a journey through space that feels very close to reality.

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