SA astronomy alliance launched

2013-08-02 12:44
NRF CEO Dr Albert van Jaarsveld has said that astronomy could make South Africa a world leader. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

NRF CEO Dr Albert van Jaarsveld has said that astronomy could make South Africa a world leader. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - The National Research Foundation's (NRF) three astronomical facilities have formed the South African Astroinformatics Alliance (SA³ pronounced "SA cubed"), which serves as a virtual observatory for the country.

The directors of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) and the Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKASA) project signed a declaration forming SA³.

SA³ will serve to facilitate access to astronomers to multi-wavelength astronomical data and ensure that the data produced is accessible to international experts.

With the MeerKAT (Karoo Array Telescope) due to go online in 2016 as well the Salt (Southern African Large Telescope) beginning to produce large amounts of data, it has become important collate the information in an easily accessible format.

It is also hoped that the alliance will link international organisations and future astronomical facilities will become part of the network.

The alliance will also play a critical role in education and students and lecturers should be able to conduct exercises at low cost.
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