A new system of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star 40 light years away has been discovered using data from South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) telescope, as well as other instruments around the world. Three of these planets are located in the star’s "habitable zone”. This means that they could have liquid
water on their surface, which increases the chances of them hosting life. This new planetary system now holds the record for the largest number of Earth-sized planets found.
The young engineers who participated in the Hitachi-DST Scholarship Program.
They will have to implement the knowledge obtained in Japan in their respective municipalities.
With South Africa facing the risk of over-exploiting traditional water supply, purifying seawater from the country’s 2 500km coastline and surrounding oceans, could still be a viable option despite the high costs involved in such processes.
The HartRAO site has become a station of international standing, and the addition of the new Russian SLR station increases its reputation in geodesy.
A new satellite tracking system will be unveiled at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO), west of Johannesburg on Monday, 27 February.
The triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality continues to weigh heavily on the country development as well as that of the Continent, in spite of widespread progress by Governments. But strategic partnership initiatives has been recognized to be instrumental in tackling these challenges.
SKA South Africa and Agri SA today signed an agreement that commits both organisations to jointly ensure that local communities of the Karoo benefit from the SKA project.
In anticipation of the impacts that the construction of the SKA radio telescope will have on the environment and local communities in the Karoo, SKA SA is partnering with civil society organisations to ensure that these impacts remain positive. Today an agreement was entered into between SKA SA and Agri SA.
beta Pictoris, the second brightest start in the constellation Pictor and the SAAO team working on the bRing project
The second brightest star, beta Pictoris in the constellation Pictor, which is located 63,4 light years from the solar system will be robotically observed for 200 days at the SA Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, Northern Cape. With a luminosity that is equal to the Sun, the beta Pictoris caught the attention of astronomers after its brightness diminished in 1981. According to astronomers, there must have been a huge object passing in front of the star, when the giant planet Pictoris b, was discovered in 2008.
The Minister Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor was honoured by theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) yesterday, with the prestigious 2016 award for Science Diplomacy. With over 120 000 members, the AAAS is the world's largest scientific society.
The Department of Science and Technology is pleased to invite you to participate and contribute at the Earth Observations (EO) lndaba that will be held in Pretoria (venue to be confirmed) on the14 March 2017. Read More