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First MeerKAT antenna launched: pictures

Three days of rain in the Northern Cape lent a surprisingly green backdrop to Thursday’s inauguration of South Africa’s first MeerKAT antenna, one of 64 that will dot the site. The white-latticed giant stands nearly 20m above the normally arid and empty landscape, gazing at the prototype seven Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) dishes

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SKA sets universities abuzz

SA universities have welcomed the establishment of the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Following the SKA Organisation’s announcement late last month that SA, Australia and New Zealand would share the R26bn project, local academics have spoken enthusiastically about

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SKA funding hangover looms

The multibillion-rand Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has landed in SA hands, but it might be just a notional victory for the country as funding remains in limbo. With an estimated budget of €1,5bn (R16bn) and most developed countries facing their own debt and funding crunch, it is unclear at

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SKA will probe universe’s secrets

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is unlikely to win a Nobel prize, but will give deeper understanding to phenomena such as dark matter and how the universe started. Vishnu Vejjala, research chair in theoretical particle cosmology at the University of the Witwatersrand, said the US$2bn SKA

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Budget boost for SKA bid

With the announcement about whether SA or Australia will host the core site of the giant Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope expected on 4 April, the likelihood of the project coming to SA has received a boost from finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who says the project will qualify for “VAT relief”

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SA makes astronomical advances

In a bus jouncing through arid Karoo hills, Prof Justin Jonas patiently tried to explain some of the theories and tenets of our universe — the Big Bang, the expansion of our universe and what we know of other things such as dark energy. “The latest Nobel prize in physics was basically for confirming that there is