South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

Organisation: South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

Name of Exhibition: Towards the UN SDGs: Astronomy for sustainable development

Exhibition Summary:

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an international collaboration to build the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. The telescope will have a collecting area of one square kilometre and will consist of thousands of receptors (dishes) located across Africa and aperture array antennas located across Australia.

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) spearheads South Africa’s activities in the SKA and is currently constructing the MeerKAT radio telescope 90km outside Carnarvon, Northern Cape. MeerKAT, consisting of 64 receptors, is a precursor telescope to the SKA and will be integrated into SKA Phase 1.

Visit the SARAO exhibition to find out more about the facility, its instruments and programmes; and how the SARAO is using SKA and MeerKAT to contribute to sustainable development in the Northern Cape through its investment in youth development, identifying and nurturing talent, economic development, connectivity, and community development.

SARAO is a National Research Facility of the National Research Foundation and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as the KAT-7 and MeerKAT telescopes in the Karoo, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (AVN) programme in nine African countries, as well as the associated human capital development and commercialisation endeavours.


Contact: Niesa Burgher

Tel/Mobile: 021 506 7302/078 643 1506


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