ASTRONOMICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM MEERKAT, SOUTH AFRICA’S SKA PRECURSOR TELESCOPE
Patrick Woudt, Professor and Head of Department; Dr Itumeleng Monageng, lecturer; Dr Jacinta Delhaize, lecturer (all are at the Astronomy Department, University of Cape Town)
In this series of lectures researchers will share some of the spectacular astronomical highlights from their observations with the MeerKAT radio telescope. MeerKAT is South Africa’s precursor telescope to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and has been in operation since July 2018. In this course participants will be taken on a journey through space and time, and get an insight into the truly transformational power of the MeerKAT radio telescope. The first lecture will focus on high energy astrophysics and the most energetic explosions in the Universe. The second lecture will feature some of the largest galaxies ever observed in the Universe. The final lecture will connect a number of the remarkable MeerKAT discoveries to more familiar images of the night sky taken with the optical MeerLICHT telescope, a newly built robotic telescope permanently dedicated to observe the same part of the sky as MeerKAT.
1. Energetic stars and stellar explosions Dr Itumeleng Monageng
2. Giant radio galaxies as discovered by MeerKAT Dr Jacinta Delhaize
3. MeerLICHT: an optical view of the radio sky Professor Patrick Woudt