Vibrant young South African community poised to use MeerKAT telescope

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) today announced the selection of 38 South African-led projects that will use the MeerKAT radio telescope in the Northern Cape. These range from studies of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun, to investigations of hydrogen gas, the fuel that makes up stars, half-way across the Universe. … Read more Vibrant young South African community poised to use MeerKAT telescope

Distant and ancient

Dotted across the sky in the constellation of Pictor (The Painter’s Easel) is the galaxy cluster highlighted here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope: SPT-CL J0615-5746, or SPT0615 for short. First discovered by the South Pole Telescope less than a decade ago, SPT0615 is exceptional among the myriad clusters so far catalogued in our map of the Universe – it is the highest-redshift … Read more Distant and ancient