Through the National Research Foundation Research Chair Initiative, University of Cape Town is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Extragalactic Astronomy. The successful applicant will work with Professor Thomas Jarrett, Research Chair in Astrophysics and Space Science, focusing on local-universe galaxies. The successful applicant will be joining a growing experimental and theoretical research group that exploits multi-wavelength (radio to UV) observations to study star formation and galaxy evolution, large-scale structures and cosmic flows. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in extragalactic infrared space missions, notably Herschel, Spitzer and WISE, and working with the Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Project (HELP).
On 9 September 2011, Prof. Claude Carignan of UCT was at the company e2v in Chelmsford, UK for the kick-off meeting to start the development of large EMCCD detectors, in collaboration with the Montreal Laboratoire d’Astrophysique Expérimentale (Olivier Hernandez) and the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (Jean-Luc Gach).
The Astronomy Department is delighted that a second member of staff, Emeritus Prof Michael Feast, was awarded an A2 rating in the latest round of NRF ratings. This brings the number of A rated scientists in the Astronomy Department to two. Emeritus Prof. Brian Warner was awarded an A rating in the 2008 NRF call for rating applciations.
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.
A team of South African and international collaborators uncovered a previously unknown, major supercluster in the constellation Vela. The Vela supercluster might have a significant influence on the motion of our Local Group of galaxies (which includes the Milky Way) and could help resolve some riddles of the observed flows of galaxies around us. The team, led by Prof Renée C Kraan-Korteweg (UCT), includes Dr Michelle Cluver (UWC), Dr Maciek Bilicki (Leiden, former UCT PDRF), SARChI Chair Prof Thomas Jarrett (UCT), next to colleagues from the RSSA (ANU) and the MPGE, Munich.
The Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have an opening for a joint position in observational astronomy. Applications are sought from scientists whose research interests lie in stellar astrophysics or time-domain astrophysics, and who could make intensive use of the telescopes at SAAO, including SALT and MeerLICHT.
UCT Astronomy and UCT Physics will host the 61st Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, from 4-8 July 2016, in the Kramer Law Building on UCT Middle Campus. We welcome around 550 physics researchers and postgraduate students from around South Africa, as well as a range of distinguished international guest speakers.
A major revision is required in our understanding of the Milky Way Galaxy, according to an international team of astronomers led by Professor Noriyuki Matsunaga of the University of Tokyo. This is after a team of astronomers, which included Professor Michael Feast of the University of Cape Town, found that there was a huge region around the centre of our own Galaxy which was devoid of young stars.
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!
On Saturday 23 April we were very happy to host the first Department of Astronomy Open Day for 2016. The day was aimed at learners in Grades 10-12 who are interested in potentially pursuing astronomy as a career. During the day the learners were presented with various lectures and hands-on tutorials and practical sessions by members of the department to give them a taste of what astronomy is all about (including pizza for lunch!). In the picture below, Prof Claude Carignan is shown with our visitors after a tour of our teaching telescope.