A journey through space and time: beyond 50 years of astronomy at UCT
A JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE AND TIME: BEYOND 50 YEARS OF ASTRONOMY AT UCT
Professor Patrick Woudt, Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town
UCT celebrated fifty years since the establishment of the Department of Astronomy in 2020. Throughout this time successive technology innovations have led to new astronomical instrumentation that has allowed a look at the Universe in new and different ways. In this course participants will be taken on a journey through space and time, reflecting on some of the highlights of half a century of astronomical research and discoveries, presented in the context of general advances in modern astrophysics. The first lecture will focus on a range of variable and exploding stars. The second will look at the Universe on the largest scales. The final lecture looks beyond fifty years of astronomy at UCT, at the new era of multi-wavelength astronomy in South Africa with flagship research facilities such as the Southern African Large Telescope, MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre array.
- Remarkable stars: from ancient novae to standard candles
- The exploration of the large-scale structures in the Universe
- The Square Kilometre Array: technology-driven innovations and transformational science
This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.