The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

Solar Max - Why So Mini?

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So what's up with the sun why is solar max proving to be a little on the mini side? An interesting public lecture entitled "Solar Max - Why No Big Bangs Yet?" presented by Kobus Olckers, SANSA Space Weather Officer, on 29 January 2013 at SANSA Space Science.Kobus Space Weather Centre

The sun goes through an 11-year sunspot cycle indicating levels of solar activity. Solar minimum which refers to a period when the number of sunspots is lowest bringing less solar activity and solar maximum when sunspots are most numerous usually bringing more frequent solar activity and a greater likelihood of solar flares. "However during the last year of solar maximum the sun has been unusually quiet" explained Olckers during his presentation to members of the public, SANSA staff and students.

NASSP Summer School

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NASSP Summer School 2013A group of 14 students, who are registered for the Honours degree course under the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) at University of Cape Town, attended a Summer School on the "Introduction to Space Physics" at SANSA Space Science from 28 January - 01 February 2013. NASSP is a nation-wide collaboration between institutions to form a joint teaching initiative focusing on Astrophysics and Space Science.

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