• SKA SA and San Council of SA signs MoU

    Square Kilometre Array South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the San Council of South Africa on 16 May 2017 in Cape Town.

  • New road to Losberg site

    Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, opened the new road from Carnarvon to the SKA Losberg site on Saturday, 18 November 2017.

  • MeerKAT makes debut scientific contribution

    An unprecedented international collaboration of telescopes has led to the first direct detection of gravitational waves in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars.

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  • 64th MeerKAT antenna dish lifted onto pedestal

    In October 2017, the last of the 64 MeerKAT dishes were lifted onto its pedestal, a major milestone for Square Kilometre Array South Africa.

  • HERA attracts more funding

    The Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) radio telescope was awarded a grant to the value of $5.8 million, equivalent to approximately R75 million.

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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.

SKA prototype dish assembled for the first time

The first fully assembled SKA dish was unveiled today at a ceremony in Shijiazhuang, China, by the Vice Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, in the presence of representatives from the countries involved and the SKA Organisation. The dish is one of two final prototypes that will be tested ahead of production of an early array.

MeerLICHT telescope inaugurated

On Friday May 25 – Africa Day 2018 – a new telescope has been inaugurated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) near Sutherland, that will be an “eye of the MeerKAT radio array”, the country’s precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

MeerKAT radio telescope observes a rare burst of activity from an exotic star

An article published today in The Astrophysical Journal presents the study of a magnetar – a star that is one of the most magnetic objects known in the universe – that awoke in 2017 from a 3-year slumber. Radio observations that could only be made with MeerKAT triggered observations with NASA X-ray telescopes orbiting the Earth.

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SKA South Africa has a number of exciting resources to explore on our website.

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Find out everything you wanted to know about the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope – or SKA – which will be the world’s biggest telescope – and one of the biggest scientific projects – ever!

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