African astronomy in the news

In 2018, MeerKAT was launched and has given us the clearest view yet of the centre of our Galaxy.

Nature astronomy’s recent focus on Africa highlighted the exciting changes happening on the continent. Click on the images below for the articles.

Dark nights bring a bright dawn. Credit: Editorial, Nature Astronomy.
Astronomy and socioeconomic development in Africa. Credit: Nature Astronomy.
African star joins the radio astronomy firmament. Credit: Nature Astronomy.
Blue light in the desert night. Credit: Nature Astronomy.
South Africa celebrates completion of gigantic, super-sensitive telescope. Credit: Nature Astronomy and SARAO.
The Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project. Credit: Nature Astronomy.

SALT and SAAO telescopes partake in an unprecedented international collaboration to investigate the origin of the first detection of gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars.

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The AVN is a network of VLBI-capable radio telescopes on the African continent, that will strengthen the science which the international VLBI community can do.

SALT, one of the largest optical telescopes in the Southern hemisphere, is producing exciting results. Optical astronomy is moving from strength to strength, indeed the South African Astronomical Observatory celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2020.

SALT located in the Karoo in Sutherland
The Victoria telescope. Credit: Anthony Koeslag.

Header image: SARAO.