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Call for Applications for the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) Honours Degree 2021
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 14:00
Application deadline: 31 August 2020

The National Honours Programme in Astrophysics and Space Science (NASSP) is currently offered at three university nodes in collaboration with other partner universities. The three nodes are at: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN – Westville Campus), University of Cape Town (UCT), and North-West University (NW

SARAO - UCT Department of Astronomy Undergraduate and Honours Bursaries for 2020
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 - 21:30

We are happy to announce the availability of 5 undergraduate and Honours bursaries for 2020 funded by SARAO to study Astronomy/Astrophysics at UCT. The breakdown is as follows:

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Astronomy (3 year contract)
Thu, 26 Dec 2019 - 12:30

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer on a three-year contract. Applications are sought from scientists whose research interests lie in multi-wavelength stellar astrophysics or extragalactic astronomy. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests complement or include existing research programmes within the Department of Astronomy.

2019 December graduation
Fri, 20 Dec 2019 - 12:00

At the December 2019 Science graduation ceremony, two Astronomy postgraduate students obtained their degree. Amidou Sorgho, now Dr Sorgho, obtained his PhD for a thesis on deep HI (neutral hydrogen gas) observations of nearby late-type spiral galaxies, and Abubakr Ibrahim obtained his MSc for a dissertation on dispersion measure variations in pulsar observations with LOFAR. Congratulations Amidou and Abubakr!

New facilities added to the Tony Fairall Teaching Telescope
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 - 12:00

On Friday 13 December 2019, the Dean of Science at UCT, Prof Maano Ramutsindela, formally opened the second optical teaching telescope. This is a new 14-inch Celestron telescope dedicated towards optical spectroscopy. The Tony Fairall Teaching Observatory of the Department of Astronomy at UCT now consists of two 14-in Celestron optical teaching telescopes, and one 3-m radio teaching telescope. The latter is housed at the SAAO. 

SARChI postdoctoral position in extragalactic MeerKAT HI science University of Cape Town
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 - 20:45

The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town is offering a postdoctoral position to work with Prof Renée C. Kraan-Korteweg, South African Research Chair in Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy, on HI-data obtained with the recently completed 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope of the South African Radio Astronomical Radio Observatory

Discovery of the highest energy light from a gamma-ray burst
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 - 07:45

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most luminous explosions in the cosmos. These explosive events last several seconds and during that time they emit the same amount of gamma-rays as all the stars in the universe combined. Such extreme amounts of energy can only be released during catastrophic events like the death of a very massive star, or the merging of two compact stars, and are accompanied by an afterglow of light over a broad range of wavelengths (or equivalently energies), that fades with time.

CosFlow 2020 meeting
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 - 13:30

We are pleased to announce that the portals for registration and abstract submission are now open for the conference
Cosmic Flows, Large-Scale Structure and Visualisation
to be held 17 -21 Feb 2020 in Stellenbosch (STIAS)

All further information can be found at  the conference website www.idia.ac.za/cosflow2020/

Rotation speeds of super spiral galaxies
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 - 18:15

Using the Southern African Large Telescope, UCT Astronomy's Prof Tom Jarrett and colleagues recently determined the very fast rotation speeds of 'super spirals', large massive spiral galaxies. Read all about this exciting research in the SAAO press release, or the article on Universe Today. This research was published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters

Prof Jarrett is the NRF SARChI Chair in Astrophysics and Space Science.

Professor / Associate Professor in Astronomy
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 - 18:00

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town has a vacancy for the position of Associate Professor / Professor in the field of Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy. Applications are particularly sought from scientists whose research is focused on radio continuum and/or HI observations of galaxies, and who could make extensive use of MeerKAT, the precursor to the mid-frequency component of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Prof Whitelock awarded the 2018 SAIP Gold Medal
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 - 18:30

At the 64th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics in Polokwane (8-12 July 2019), Prof Whitelock was awarded the 2018 SAIP Gold Medal for her outstanding research career in astronomy and astrophysics, and for her distinguished and extensive contributions to leadership, education and human capacity development of the Physics and Astronomy community.



Record crop of Astronomy PhDs reach for the stars
Wed, 01 May 2019 - 18:15

Last April, 5 PhD students in the Astronomy Department at UCT obtained their PhDs: Dr Sam Legodi, Dr Marie Korsaga, Dr Brenda Namumba, Dr Elizabeth Naluminsa and Dr Kerry Paterson. Read about their PhD journeys in this wonderful article for the Science Faculty newsletter.