A five -day training workshop on Square Kilometer Array (SKA) was held at Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute for young Astronomies in Ghana and across other African Countries.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the deputy director of Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute Prof.Kofi Ashilevai said, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest and the most expensive radio telescope in Africa and Ghana.
Prof. Kofi Ashilevai said, the Ministries of Ghana and South Africa announced the combination of ‘first light’ science observations which confirm the successful conversion of a Ghanaian communications antenna from a redundant telecoms instrument into a functioning Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) radio telescope.
He stated that, a team of scientists and engineers from SKA SA/HartRAO and the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) which is under the Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has been working since 2011 on the astronomy instrument upgrade to make it radio-astronomy ready.
"The square Kilometer Array (SKA)will focus on addressing questions that can only be answered using a radio and most developed countries across the globe obtained their development through the useful means of Astronomy “he explained.
The deputy Director however mentioned that, the use of SKA will also help us understand how the world evolves, stars and galaxies form and change through Scientist.
The training brought many people from other Africa Countries like, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and many others.
“As an SKA Africa partner country, Ghana welcomed and collaborated with the SKA South Africa (SKA SA)/Hart RAO (Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomical Observatory) group to harness the radio astronomy potential of the redundant satellite communication antenna at Kutunse” Prof. disclosed.
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