An exciting visit to the KAT-7 site: Day 2.2 Losberg to Site

After lunch, we climbed back into our respective vehicles and drove along the recently constructed road to the site, where the first seven antenna dishes are being put up. Gerrit stopped briefly at a deliberately widened section of the road, which he called “ons telefoonhokkie” – it’s the only place in the area where you…

The KAT containers and an inquisitive cat

This morning, the high-tech containers for the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT) project arrived at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Observatory. Shipped over from The Netherlands, these four RFI-shielded containers were especially designed and outfitted to accommodate all the complicated equipment that the KAT team needs to control and operate the brand new radio…

Universe: Stephen Hawking in Muizenberg

Tonight, I saw Stephen Hawking live. What an awesome experience. The African Institute of Mathematics (AIMS), a fairly recently established centre for postgraduate study, had somehow managed to get an impressive group of highly respected Nobel laureate scientists to visit South Africa. We were lucky to get tickets for the event, which was hosted by…