MeerKAT Grand Tour Data Science workshop held at Rhodes University

Twenty-two students from South African universities have converged at Rhodes University to participate in the MeerKAT Grand Tour Data Science workshop held from Sunday, 15 to Saturday, 21 January 2023.

Open Day for the MeerKAT radio telescope and SKA site visit

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) will host the second Open Day for 2023, it is aimed at allowing members of the public to visit the MeerKAT radio telescope […]

SARAO has invested in a system to track aircraft and other airborne instruments with passive radar

Download Passive Radar System Flyer (pdf) The Passive Radar System has been designed and built in collaboration with Peralex, a South African company specialising in the design, manufacturing and implementation […]

MeerKAT telescope team honoured with prestigious Royal Astronomical Society Award

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has awarded its 2023 Group Achievement Award to the MeerKAT team. In its citation, the RAS recognised the MeerKAT team “for a series of spectacular […]

SKA Observatory celebrates start of telescope construction in Australia and South Africa

In ceremonies at both sites in Australia and South Africa, the SKA Observatory celebrated the start of construction of its world-leading radio telescopes and announced €300 million worth of construction […]

Extraterrestrial signal search is underway using the southern hemisphere’s biggest radio telescope

Breakthrough Listen has begun observations of a million nearby stars with the MeerKAT Array Vanderbijlpark, South Africa – December 1, 2022 – Breakthrough Listen – the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in […]

How does radio astronomy work?

Radio telescopes work in much the same way as your normal radio. As you tune your radio to different frequencies, the receiver in your radio picks up different music stations. […]

Come build the world’s largest radio telescope with us #workatSARAO

Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV by logging to and apply online. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of motivation indicating the applicant’s suitability for the position. The […]

SARAO and SANSA successfully launch beta version of Digital Earth South Africa

SARAO in collaboration with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) successfully launched the beta version of the Digital Earth South Africa (DESA) platform on Friday, 28 October 2022. SANSA […]