Locally-developed antennas take UKZN HIRAX project closer to implementation

 The Hydrogen and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) has deployed two new prototype telescope dish designs, one aluminium and the other fibreglass, at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) at Hartebeesthoek. HIRAX is led by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and hosted as a guest instrument by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and […]

Space weather looking good for space exploration

While NASA is delighted that the next solar cycle is predicted to be the weakest in 200 years, many others who rely on the ionosphere to produce high frequency propagation (HF) will be less enthusiastic, while satellite owners will also be delighted with a lower possible solar impact on their operations. The last astronauts of […]

20 July: The 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which SA helped plan

Man first walked on the moon fifty years ago on 20 July 1969 While the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Neil Amstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s landing on the moon, few people know that the place where Eagle landed was planned from information researched by scientists working at the Hartebeesthoek deep space […]

First images of supermassive black hole revealed, and South Africa played a role in this

The first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow was revealed live at an international media conference in Brussels, Belgium on 10 April 2019. The South African media was part of the conference via a video link hosted at the University of Pretoria. The black hole is at the centre of […]