Searching African Skies
An ambitious scientific project is unfolding in the desert of South Africa, with a multidecade time line that will eventually see expansion into Western Australia--a project that is detailed and celebrated in this book on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope, expanding the capabilities of scientific probing and addressing significant unanswered questions about the universe, such as the formation of galaxies and the nature of gravity. Technology correspondent Sarah Wild covers the important development with this exploration of its implications on an international scale as well as its South African context, from the first telescope built in the country in the 1960s to Xhosa starlore. Interspersed with |Xam bushmen stories rewritten from original manuscripts, this consideration is an informed and thoughtful insight into an exciting step in astronomy.
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What is radio astronomy?
The origins of radio astronomy in South Africa
The history of astronomy in South Africa
Southern African Large Telescope
Back to basics
The KAT7 and the MeerKAT
The African VLBI Network
Looking to the future