The University of KwaZulu-Natal is set on a cutting edge legacy mission, embarking on a project to build a R70m radio telescope.
Professor Kavilan Moodley, who works at the university’s astrophysics and cosmology research department, spoke to News24 on Sunday during a two-day annual astronomy meeting in Umhlanga, Durban. “The university is building a telescope called the Hirax which is hydrogen intensity mapping and real time analysis experiment.
“We conceptualised the project over a year ago and submitted our proposal to the National Research Foundation to fund it. It is being supported through a new programme in the NRF called Institutional Engagement Programme Directorate.
“The NRF is going around the country asking universities what is the one thing that they want to be known for,” said Moodley.
UKZN was supporting this project because it would be at the cutting edge of astronomy, Moodley said.
“The Hirax will assist us to be able to look back in time and what that means is that we will be looking out into the universe. We will be looking to a few billion years after the beginning of time.
News Source: news24.com