The Inter-university Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy is a partnership of three South African universities, the University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape and University of Pretoria.

The overarching goal of IDIA is to build within the South African university research community the capacity and expertise in data intensive research to enable global leadership on MeerKAT large survey science projects and large projects on other SKA pathfinder telescopes.

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**NEW MEDIA RELEASE** Meet the 49ers – 49 new galaxies found by MeerKAT and IDIA in a few hours

The 49ers – the 49 new gas-rich galaxies detected by the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa. Each detection is shown as coloured contours, with redder colours indicating more distant gas from us, and bluer colours as closer gas. The background image comes from the optical PanSTARRS survey. Glowacki et al. 2024 The MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa has … Read More


The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), established in 2015, is a partnership of three South African universities: the University of Cape Town, the University of Pretoria and the University of the Western Cape with the aims to build capacity and expertise in data intensive astronomy in the partner institutions and to provide systems and solutions for converting data … Read More

IDIA Postdoctoral Fellowship Position

UPDATE: This position is now filled. The MeerKAT telescope is the precursor of the Square Kilometre Array mid-frequency dish array to be deployed later this decade on the African continent. MIGHTEE is one of the MeerKAT large survey projects, designed to pathfind SKA key science in cosmology and galaxy evolution. Through deep full-Stokes radio continuum imaging over several fields totaling … Read More

The World’s Largest International Astronomy Meeting will be held in Africa and Open to the Public for the first time.

Registrations Now Open for the Historic International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly 2024 Promoting Open, Impactful, and Sustainable Science The National Organising Committee of the 32nd International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly (GA) is excited to announce that registrations are now officially open for the IAU GA 2024. This pivotal event marks a groundbreaking moment as the triennial IAU GA will, … Read More

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: IDIA Development & Outreach

UPDATE: This position is now filled. The ADDO position will be appointed as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science for a 3-year limited term and will be expected to maintain a research program in the broad area of astro-informatics or a related area of data intensive research. The ADDO is an ex-officio member of the IDIA management and … Read More

Astronomers reveal cosmic ribbon around rare galaxy

The galaxy NGC 4632 surrounded by a ring of cold hydrogen gas.  Using the ASKAP telescope, scientists discovered that this galaxy contains a (potential) polar ring of gas that orbits the galaxy at ~90 degrees relative to its body.  The separation of the gas from the main body was made possible through the use of VR analysis enabled by the … Read More

New Release of CARTA V4.0 

The CARTA development team is happy to announce that CARTA v4.0-stable is now released! Over the past year, the development team has worked on implementing new features to improve CARTA support in more use cases. In addition to new feature development, we fixed bugs from v3.0-stable and maintained the codebase.Please visit the CARTA homepage to obtain CARTA v4.0-stable. The user … Read More

Senior Systems Administrator position

UPDATE: Position is now filled. IDIA is seeking an experienced systems administrator to join a team that works on supporting OpenStack cloud systems for use by IDIA researchers. Experience working with big data projects in areas such as Astronomy, High Energy Physics, Omics or Earth Observation Science will be an asset. The systems administrator will work closely with the IDIA systems and … Read More


IDIA has been selected as a finalist of the 2022/2023 NSTF-South32 Awards in the catagory Data for Research Award. On Thursday 13 July 2023, all finalists will be honoured and the winners of the 2022/2023 NSTF-South32 Awards will be announced at the specially arranged prestigious gala dinners. The NSTF Awards Gala Event will take place as a hybrid event broadcast … Read More


A new beta version of the Cube Analysis and Rendering Tool for Astronomy (CARTA), version 4.0-beta, has been released, and is available from the  IDIA CARTA beta server at Download instructions for other users can be found on the CARTA homepage.  Highlights of this release include: Interactive position-velocity (PV) preview Saving and restoring a workspace (i.e. the current state of CARTA) Image … Read More