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Wits team involved in international breakthrough in astronomical observation

Breakthrough paves the way for future Multi-Messenger astronomical observations For the first time in history, Wits researchers have witnessed electromagnetic signals that are associated with the gravitational wave emission from the coalescence of two massive neutron stars. The HESS telescope in Namibia Working with data from the High Energy Spectroscopic System (H.E.S.S) telescope in Namibia, as well as with data from the AGILE Italian satellite, Professor Sergio Colafrancesco and his Team from the School of Physics at the University of the Witwatersrand, complemented a large variety of...

New Karoo Radio Telescope to put SA science on the world stage

Marina Joubert Together with Australia, China and Argentina, South Africa is on the shortlist to host the world's largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA. "Competition in this bid is tough, as the winning country will attract a billion Euro investment and one of the most ambitious science projects ever," says Dr Bernie Fanaroff, South Africa's SKA Project Manager.

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