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SARChI chair on `Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy' awarded to UCT's Astronomy Department
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 - 10:00

http://www.uct.ac.za/mondaypaper/?id=7831

Lecturer position open - joint UCT/SAAO position
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 - 10:00

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.

61st Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 - 10:00

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.

UCT astronomer part of international team that discovers a giant stellar void in the Milky Way Galaxy
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 - 10:00

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.

Mercury Transit - 9 May 2016
Mon, 09 May 2016 - 10:00

Mercury Transit - 9 May 2016

UCT Astronomy Department Open Day for Grade 10-12 School Learners
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 - 10:45

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!

Third Astronomy Department Open Day - 23 April 2016
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 - 10:00

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.

61st Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 - 12:45

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.

SA astronomers help discover hidden galaxies behind Milky Way
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 - 10:45

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
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 - 10:45

The 2016 meeting of the Pathfinders HI Science Coordination Committee (PHISCC), was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 1-3 February 2016.

Second year field trip to Sutherland (2016)
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 - 10:00

At the start of April our second year astronomy students went to SAAO, Sutherland for their field trip. Most of the students are enrolled in AST2003H, a course which equips them with the skills of optical and radio observing, and have had plenty of practice using the teaching telescope on Upper Campus. This trip was an opportunity to see a wide variety of mounts and instruments using in research grade telescopes, and to have a special tour of the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere: the 11m diameter SALT.

UCT Astronomy Department Open Day for Grade 10-12 School Learners
Sat, 17 Oct 2015 - 10:45

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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