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.
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).
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.
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.