Thousands of SKA antenna dishes will be built in South Africa (in the Karoo, not far from the small town called Carnarvon), with outstations in other parts of South Africa, as well as in eight African partner countries
We are building the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope (SKA), located in South Africa and eight other African countries, with part in Australia. The SKA will be the largest radio telescope ever built and will produce science that changes our understanding of the universe.
SKA South Africa sponsored student heads to Princeton for PhD
Ms Heather Prince, an astronomy postgraduate student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been accepted to study a PhD degree in Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. SKA South Africa provided Prince with a grant to complete her Masters degree in astrophysics, which she received from UKZN in April this year.
IBM scientists are collaborating with SKA South Africa (SKA SA) on the development of unsupervised algorithms which can serendipitously make groundbreaking astronomical discoveries by revealing hidden structures and finding new types of objects such as pulsars, black holes and quasars. Scientists expect to eventually apply the cognitive technology to other applications including the development of new pharmaceuticals and genomics. IBM and SKA SA have signed an agreement to explore the advancement of this technology and to lead major knowledge development in data science over the next decade.
HERA telescope in the Karoo gets $9.5 million funding injection
The Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array (HERA) brings more international funding to South Africa with a $9.5 million investment to expand its capabilities, as announced today by the US National Science Foundation. HERA is located only a few kilometres from the MeerKAT radio telescope, which began initial science operations in July, marked by Department of Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.