The SKA will be the largest radio telescope ever built and will produce science that changes our understanding of the universe. The SKA will be collocated in Australia and in Africa. In Africa the SKA will be built in South Africa and eight other African Countries. SKA South Africa (SKA SA) is responsible for the construction of the SKA in South Africa.
The theory of General Relativity passes a range of precise tests set by pair of extreme stars.
An international team led by astronomers Professor Gyula Józsa, Professor Michelle Cluver, and Professor Thomas Jarrett has utilized the South African MeerKAT radio telescope to discover a mysterious chain of hydrogen gas clouds the size of a massive galaxy.
An international team led by a young South African researcher has just announced a comprehensive overview paper for the MeerKAT Galaxy Cluster Legacy Survey (MGCLS). The paper to be published in the Astronomy & Astrophysics journal presents some exciting, novel results, and is accompanied by the public release of a huge trove of curated data now available for astronomers worldwide to address a variety of challenging questions, such as those relating to the formation and evolution of galaxies throughout the universe.
SARAO has appointed MorClick as a service provider for alternative telecommunications to communities living within the spiral arm of the MeerKAT radio telescope. The first phase of the rollout of the telecommunications services will be limited to farmsteads that have been identified in the Van Wyksvlei area. SARAO and MorClick will communicate the rollout of the telecommunications services to other areas in due course.
The second Life in the Universe conference will take place from 22-24 November 2021 online.
A recording of the proceedings of the first conference is available on YouTube at Life in the Universe Symposium 2020.
The conference is sponsored by the Breakthrough Initiatives, the Palaeontological Scientific Trust, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory and the South African Astronomical Observatory. This is a unique opportunity to gain an overview of the wide range of research which is aimed at understanding the origin and evolution of life in the universe.