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...
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.
Cape Town stargazer Brian Warner has won a gold medal for science of benefit to the public at the second annual awards ceremony of the Academy of Science of South Africa on October 29.
In a journey that stretched from Namibia to the coastline and steamy jungles of Ghana, across crocodile infested lakes and deserts of Northern Kenya, the cliff-side dwellings of the Dogon in Mali and on to the mysterious archaeological sites of the Egyptian Sahara, the recently launched film Cosmic Africa explores Africa's ancient astronomy history.
The radio frequency interference measurements at the proposed SKA site took place in some of the remotest parts of South Africa.
Astronomers in southern Africa have exciting times ahead of them. One year from now, toward the end of 2003, first light will be obtained at the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT).