• MeerKAT

    The South African MeerKAT radio telescope, is a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope and will be integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA.

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  • HERA

    HERA (Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array) will attempt to answer one of the biggest scientific questions today: how did the universe come to be?

    About HERA
  • KAT-7

    The seven-dish MeerKAT precursor array, KAT-7, is the world’s first radio telescope array consisting of composite antenna structures.

    About KAT-7
  • SKA in Africa

    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

    The ProjectThe Location

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.

SKA SA and IBM Research Africa signs MOU

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.

Vacancies

SKA South Africa participates in a number of events and outreach activities.

Receiver Technician Lead
Senior System Engineer
System Administrators
Senior Network Administrator
Telescope Operator

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Questions & answers

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!

Science & engineering

The MeerKAT First Light image of the sky shows unambiguously that MeerKAT is already the best radio telescope of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Recent Photographs

We have an extensive gallery of photographs and videos for you to view about MeerKAT, KAT-7, HERA, the Karoo site and more.

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