Posts tagged as telescope

James Webb telescope a successor to Hubble

  2018 will see another giant telescope venture into Space to study the solar system, enabling scientists understand more about its formation and how Earth became capable of supporting life. Named the James Webb Space Telescope, it will look across vast distances to find the earliest stars and galaxies and study the atmospheres of mysterious […]

Optical space research laboratory to study atmospheric gravity waves

  Dr. Sandile Malinga, CEO of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA)  has announced that a state-of-the-art optical space research laboratory (OSR), will be constructed at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland (the world’s darkest astronomical site) later this year. He was speaking at the 17th European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) symposium […]

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 […]

First gamma ray pulsar measured in southern sky from ground level

  For the first time from ground level the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) has measured pulsed gamma rays in the southern sky. The radiation originates from the Vela pulsar, a neutron star that was formed when a massive star collapsed. This is the first pulsar detected by HESS II – the latest upgrade of […]

Hardy star survives supernova blast

  Chandra’s X-ray data also show that the inside of the supernova remnant is rich in oxygen, neon and magnesium, and optical observations with the South African Astronomical Observatory’s 1,9 m telescope show that the velocity of the massive star is changing and that it orbits around the neutron star or black  black hole with a period of tens of days. […]