2024

Watch – Six Astro tour guides graduate: Dr Anton Binneman

WATCH: Congratulations to the six ‘Astro-Guides’ who officially graduated from their training and are now fully-fledged guides who offer astronomy tourism in the province. Dr Anton Binneman (NRF-SARAO) talked to […]

Astronomers discover 49 new galaxies in under three hours

A team of international astronomers have discovered 49 new gas-rich galaxies using the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa from observations that were not even three hours long and were […]

SARAO supports Botswana to host its first radio telescope

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory intends to collaborate with the Botswana International University of Science and Technology, the German Centre for Astrophysics and the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy […]

MeerKAT@5 Conference celebrates transformational science, engineering and human capacity development

The MeerKAT@5 Conference is currently underway at STIAS in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. The four-day conference, which runs from Tuesday, 20 to Friday, 23 February 2024, brings together key stakeholders who have contributed to the development of the MeerKAT telescope. The event is also graced by local and international academics from across the globe.

MeerKAT+: the MeerKAT Extension – The handover of the first dish of the MeerKAT extension signals an important milestone towards the construction of the Square Kilometre Array

Wednesday, 21 February 2024: The first MeerKAT+ antenna was today handed over in a festive ceremony in the Karoo region in South Africa. This marks another important step towards the […]

The RATT PARROT: serendipitous discovery of a peculiarly scintillating pulsar in MeerKAT imaging observations of the Great Saturn – Jupiter Conjunction of 2020. I. Dynamic imaging and data analysis

When RATT met PARROT – a peculiar pulsar The motion of the planets through the night sky has captivated humanity since prehistoric times. The Great Saturn-Jupiter Conjunction of 2020 was […]

Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project makes astronomy training accessible to students based at historically disadvantaged institutions in South Africa

Nineteen students from Kenya and South Africa have been participating in a Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy training initiative, which is being run in partnership with the Kenya Optical […]

The SKA-MPIfR Telescope in South Africa is ready for science operations

SARAO provided specialised personnel and resources to identify and rectify sources of radio frequency interference (RFI) as required to ensure that the antenna was compliant with SARAO and SKAO RFI […]

Lightest black hole or heaviest neutron star? MeerKAT uncovers a mysterious object at the boundary between black holes and neutron stars

An international team of astronomers, led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, have used the MeerKAT radio telescope to discover an intriguing object of an unknown […]