Posts tagged as Astronomy

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 […]

Government to invest R7,8-billion in the knowledge economy

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) plans to invest hundreds of millions of Rands on programmes in the knowledge economy to stimulate economic growth, enhance energy security, and promote the country as a research and development destination. The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, delivered her first budget vote as the department finalises a […]

Amateur radio science to draw students into astronomy

There appears to be a misconception amongst many young people that engineering is not cool. This may be because engineers are not stepping up to share the great things they do. The new developments in electronics and communication we all enjoy just don’t happen by themselves. They require the skills of engineers, scientists, and inventors. […]

Max Planck Society funding for MeerKAT S-band receivers

  The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy will build the S-Band receivers for the Meerkat telescope currently under construction at the SKA site in the Karoo, Northern Cape. The Minister of Science and Technology,  Naledi Pandor  and the president of the Max-Planck-Society (MPG), Martin Stratmann, announced that the MPG and the Max Planck Institute […]