SA launches its first 24-hour space weather regional warning centre

The Space Weather Centre in Hermanus will monitor the sun to provide early warnings and forecasts on space weather conditions.

Minister of Science and Innovation Blade Ndzimande at the launch of the 24-hour space weather regional warning centre at the South African National Space Agency in Hermanus on 9 March 2021. Picture: Graig-Lee Smith/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Women are at the forefront of an advanced space weather project.

The first-ever 24-hour space weather regional warning centre was launched on Tuesday at the South African National Space Agency in Hermanus.

The centre will be completed in November 2022.

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The Space Weather Centre in Hermanus will monitor the sun to provide early warnings and forecasts on space weather conditions.

Space weather refers to a collection of physical processes, beginning at the sun and ultimately affecting technology on earth and in space.

The Minister of Science and Innovation, Blade Ndzimande, said: "The fact that it hosts here one of the 19 space weather centres in the world, it's something that is very important."

Three PhD candidates to conduct research at the centre are women and more women and girls have been encouraged to consider a career in science and technology.

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