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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!

First Astronomy Department Open Day
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 - 11:00

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
Sat, 11 Apr 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!

Lecturer position (3 year contract)
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 - 10:45

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town is seeking applicants for a three year contract position as Lecturer for appointment from 1 July 2015. Special funding has been provided for this post with the aim of advancing diversity, and for this post we seek particularly to attract black South African candidates. Closing date for applications: 31 March 2015.

One, two, four!
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 - 10:45

After the latest round of NRF rating evaluations, the Astronomy department is proud to announce it now hosts four NRF A-rated researchers. Prof Brian Warner maintained his A rating for another cycle of 6 years. Prof Russ Taylor and Prof Patricia Whitelock gained a new A rating in 2014. Together with Prof Michael Feast, the Astronomy Department proudly hosts four A-rated researchers, highlighting the high impact research done in the department.

Telescope donation to the Hermanus Astronomy Centre
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 - 10:45

On Saturday 22 November 2014, the Astronomy Department donated their former 14-inch Celestron teaching telescope to the Hermanus Astronomy Centre where it is to be permanently mounted in a purpose build observatory. At the Hermanus Astronomy Centre, the telescope will be used for public viewing evenings and school outreach events.

GAMA comes to South Africa!
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 - 11:30

A major international astrophysics consortium, GAMA, gathered in Cape Town during mid-­September (2014) to discuss and explore how galaxies evolve over time. GAMA stands for Galaxy and Mass Assembly, consisting of over 96 scientists at 38 institutions spread across four continents.

WIPISA Lunch
Mon, 12 May 2014 - 11:30

Sponsored by the South African Institute of Physics, the Department of Astronomy hosted its first ever 'Women in Physics in South Africa' (WiPiSA) lunch. Students in Astrophysics from undergrads through to PhD, postdoctoral fellows and female faculty turned out in great numbers - 36 women could make it, even though not quite all at the same time!

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