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New CARTA beta Release

CARTA forges ahead with a new beta release. As there is now a stable codebase, the CARTA team is confident to release beta versions for astronomers to use. The beta server (https://carta-beta.idia.ac.za) has now been upgraded to the latest public beta release (v3.0.0-beta1). Highlights of this release include: A new multi-panel view, which allows multiple images to be viewed side by …

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New analysis of more than 2000 Galaxies with MeerKAT

Using early science data for the MIGHTEE project on the MeerKAT radio telescope, a researcher at the University of the Western Cape – with collaborators from eight countries, including four other South African Institutions – has analysed over 2000 galaxies, growing our understanding of the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time. Dr Fangxia An – …

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New paper leads to a better understanding of radio telescopes

Radio telescopes are very complex instruments. Unlike telescopes using mirrors that measure visible or infra-red light, most modern radio telescopes are made of many antennae, each acting like a pixel. Combining the signals of each of the antennae, like the 64 dishes of the MeerKAT telescope is very complex and adding them into what is …

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New group of galaxies discovered by the MIGHTEE team

When the science world decided to embark on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, serendipitous discovery – essentially chance findings – was boldly cited as a scientific goal. The MeerKAT telescope is already proving this bet right, as new, previously unidentified galaxies were discovered by the MIGHTEE project team in a well-studied area in the …

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African Science Renaissance at UWC

Prof. Carolina Odman contributed a piece to celebrate Africa Science Renaissance Day on 30 June 2021. Read it below: On 30 June each year, the African Union celebrates the day of Africa’s Science Renaissance, and it is worth celebrating. African science is among the oldest known to man. The university at Timbuktu, founded around 1 800 years ago, …

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CARTA nominated for a Prize

CARTA, the visualisation software that is developed by IDIA and partners from the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA), the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the Department of Physics, University of Alberta. CARTA has been nominated by one of its users for the ADASS Prize “An oustanding contribution to astronomical software“. ADASS …

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IDIA members elected to IAU Commissions

The International Astronomical Union recently held its elections for members to lead the various scientific bodies organised as divisions and commissions. IDIA members Patrick Woudt, Lucia Marchetti and Carolina Odman were elected to the vice-presidence of Commission B4 “Radio Astronomy”, Division J “Galaxies and Cosmology” and Commission C2 “Communicating Astronomy to the Public”. We congratulate …

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IDIA Highlights Brochure – June 2021

We have put together a short IDIA Highlights Brochure for June 2021. IDIA activities are multiple and diverse. In this brochure, we highlight just a few of them, in view of a more substantial activity report later in the year. In the meantime, grab yours here, and feel free to contact us at communications@idia.ac.za for …

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