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New South African telescope to promote the sciences

New South African telescope to promote the sciences

A new telescope installed at North West University is expected to help find answers to some of the age-old questions humans ask, such as where do we come from. It will also be used in outreach efforts to inspire an interest among students and others in the sciences.
South Africa's trek to the start of time

South African university plans telescope

A R70-million telescope is planned for the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The Hirax will be the university's legacy project, and will allow its astronomers to look back in time, to a few billion years after the beginning of time. It will consist of a thousand dishes of 6m in diameter each.

South African and Indian scientists team up

The fourth co-operation agreement in the field of science and technology has been signed by South Africa and India. The two have a 20-year history of working together, which they plan to extend and deepen.

MeerKAT reaches another milestone

Four out of 64 sub-reflectors have been completed for the MeerKAT section of the Square Kilometre Array. And a new sub-reflector manufacturing plant has been opened by Stratosat Datacom outside Johannesburg to build the parts.

Design for SKA telescope ‘has been agreed’

African ministers met in South Africa to discuss the progress of the Square Kilometre Array which will be built in South Africa and Australia. Already Nine African countries are committed to the project, as well as several other nations. It will be partly located in Australia.

South Africa launches first MeerKAT antenna

Max Planck Institute invests in MeerKAT

The German institute is pouring R150-million into building and installing radio receivers on the MeerKAT radio telescope. The project, it says, will grant its scientists access to a world-class facility and its unique unrestricted view on our galaxy, and will boost MeerKAT's scientific potential even further.

Time-travelling SKA to look back at the birth of stars

Foreign journalists touring South Africa's centres of innovation excellence were given an inside look at the country's Square Kilometre Array project, an international effort to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world, two-thirds of which are being built right here.

First Meerkat support structure completed

First Meerkat support structure completed

The first dish support structure for the Meerkat radio telescope, manufactured by South African company Tricom Structures, is ready to be transported to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in Carnavon in the Northern Cape.
South Africa's trek to the start of time

South Africans to play key role in SKA design

South African scientists are to lead two of the 10 teams involved in the design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, the international SKA Organisation announced on Monday.
New 'first' for Africa's SKA prototype

Germany joins SKA Organisation

Germany has become the 10th member of the organisation that will participate in the detailed design of what will be the world's largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array. Construction on the SKA is due to begin in South Africa and Australia in 2016.

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