Following a intensive and rigorous review process involving international experts, the National Research Foundation has approved the funding of R35 million for a Nuclear Spectrometer. GAMKA, which stands for GAMma-ray spectrometer for Knowledge in Africa and the name, stems from the Khoisan word for “lion.” The new equipment will bolster the country’s ability to perform cutting edge nuclear research.
A Sutherland based robotic telescope, KELT-South, spotted an extrasolar planet, KELT-10b, during its routine observations. KELT-South (Kilodegree Extremely Small – South) is dedicated to the search of transiting planets orbiting especially bright stars.
The NRF welcomes Dr Rob Adam as Project Director at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA SA), taking over the reins from Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who retired at the end of December 2015.
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) Foundation and South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) are delighted with the success of the SALT Science Conference 2015 held in Stellenbosch from the 1st to the 5th June. The programme was jam-packed with talks, poster presentations, practical workshops and discussions showcasing SALT’s capabilities. Over ninety astronomers and education professionals attended the conference representing over twenty nationalities.
The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland will be abuzz with excitement and celebration on February 4-5 as SAAO hands over the 0.5 and 0.75 metre telescopes to their proud new owners, the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and the University of Free State (UFS), Boyden Observatory, respectively chosen by the SAAO as having provided the best motivations for why the telescopes should be donated to them.
The European Union has granted 2 million Euros for EU Space Awareness (EUSPACE-AWE) Project, focusing on the excitement of astronomy and space to attract young people into science and technology and stimulate global citizenship. The project will show children and teenagers the opportunities offered by astronomy, space science and engineering and inspire primary-school children when their curiosity is high and their value systems are being formed.