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Astronomers pinpoint echoes of ancient exploding star on our stellar doorstep

28 April 2016
Colour image of Te 11

Breakthrough for astronomers from UCT and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) A team of astronomers has identified a rare star that exploded around 1,500 years ago. At the time, the star would have outshone all the stars of the Orion constellat …

SA astronomers help discover hidden galaxies behind Milky Way

9 February 2016
An annotated artist's impression showing radio waves travelling from the new galaxies, then passing through the Milky Way and arriving at the Parkes radio telescope on Earth (not to scale). Credit: ICRAR

UCT Professor Renée Kraan-Korteweg and Dr Anja Schröder of SAAO among lead authors of breakthrough paper Hi-res images and animations available from An international team of scientists that includes a leading astron …

Kevin Govender: first South African to be awarded the prestigious Edinburgh medal

8 February 2016
Kevin Govender, OAD Director

The 2016 Edinburgh Medal will be jointly awarded to Kevin Govender from IAU’s Office of Astronomy for Development and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) on Wednesday 30 March at the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival, to recognise th …