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Mercury Transit - 9 May 2016

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Astronomers Pinpoint Echoes of Ancient Exploding Star on our Stellar Doorstep

1.	Colour image of Te 11 made from images showing light from Hydrogen and Nitrogen (red), Oxygen (green) and visual light (blue).

Breakthrough for astronomers from UCT and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT)

A team of astronomers has identified a rare star that exploded around 1,500 years ago. At the time, the star would have outshone all the stars of the Orion constellation, reaching a similar brightness to Jupiter in the night sky.

Second year field trip to Sutherland (2016)

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At the start of April our second year astronomy students went to SAAO, Sutherland for their field trip.

Third Astronomy Department Open Day - 23 April 2016

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On Saturday 23 April we hosted the first Department of Astronomy Open Day for 2016.

UCT Astronomy Department Open Day for Grade 10-12 School Learners

Date: Saturday 23 April 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: Department of Astronomy, RW James Building, Upper Campus

We are inviting all Grade 10-12 learners in the Western Cape area, who are potentially interested in pursuing Astronomy as a career, to attend an Open Day in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town. At this Open Day, you will get an introduction to what the field of Astronomy involves and what astronomers actually do, as well as taking part in some astronomy activities with other interested learners!

SA astronomers help discover hidden galaxies behind Milky Way


09 February 2016

UCT Professor Renée Kraan-Korteweg and Dr Anja Schröder of SAAO among lead authors of breakthrough paper

Hi-res images and animations available from http://www.icrar.org/hidden-galaxies

An international team of scientists that includes a leading astronomy researcher from the University of Cape Town and one from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have helped to make a groundbreaking discovery by peering through the stars and dust of the Milky Way with a radio telescope to discover hidden galaxies beyond. Both are available for interview. The study involved researchers from Australia, South Africa, the USA and the Netherlands.

Pathfinders HI Science Coordination Committee (PHISCC) 2016

The 2016 meeting of the Pathfinders HI Science Coordination Committee (PHISCC), was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 1-3 February 2016.
For PHISCC 2016 the aim was to bring together the people designing specific tools for the upcoming large HI surveys with the astronomers that are going to use them.

UCT Astronomy Department Open Day for Grade 10-12 School Learners

Date: Saturday 17 October 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: Department of Astronomy, RW James Building, Upper Campus

We are inviting all Grade 10-12 learners in the Western Cape area, who are potentially interested in pursuing Astronomy as a career, to attend an Open Day in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town. At this Open Day, you will get an introduction to what the field of Astronomy involves and what astronomers actually do, as well as taking part in some astronomy activities with other interested learners!

First Astronomy Department Open Day

On Saturday 11 April 2015 we held the inaugural UCT Department of Astronomy Open Day. We invited interested learners from Grades 10 - 12 from schools all over Cape Town to visit the department to learn more about Astronomy and what the job of an astronomer actually entails. Many members including staff, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students contributed to various aspects of the day including lectures, activities and demonstrations.

UCT Astronomy Department Open Day for Grade 10-12 School Learners

Date: Saturday 11 April 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: Department of Astronomy, RW James Building, Upper Campus

We are inviting all Grade 10-12 learners in the Western Cape area, who are potentially interested in pursuing Astronomy as a career, to attend an Open Day in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town. At this Open Day, you will get an introduction to what the field of Astronomy involves and what astronomers actually do, as well as taking part in some astronomy activities with other interested learners!

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