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Astronomy Open Day


PhD position available in Astronomy

The department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town (UCT) invites applications for a PhD position in astronomy. This position is funded through a PhD scholarship of the Faculty of Science at UCT. Funding is aligned to the SKA standard for PhD scholarships in South Africa. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2017, and we envisage a starting date of 1 July 2017


SARChI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Extragalactic Astronomy

Through the National Research Foundation Research Chair Initiative, University of Cape Town is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Extragalactic Astronomy. The successful applicant will work with Professor Thomas Jarrett, Research Chair in Astrophysics and Space Science, focusing on local-universe galaxies. The successful applicant will be joining a growing experimental and theoretical research group that exploits multi-wavelength (radio to UV) observations to study star formation and galaxy evolution, large-scale structures and cosmic flows.


Lecturer position open - joint UCT/SAAO position

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.


International team discovers major supercluster of galaxies hidden by Milky Way

A team of South African and international collaborators uncovered a previously unknown, major supercluster in the constellation Vela. The Vela supercluster might have a significant influence on the motion of our Local Group of galaxies (which includes the Milky Way) and could help resolve some riddles of the observed flows of galaxies around us. The team, led by Prof Renée C Kraan-Korteweg (UCT), includes Dr Michelle Cluver (UWC), Dr Maciek Bilicki (Leiden, former UCT PDRF), SARChI Chair Prof Thomas Jarrett (UCT), next to colleagues from the RSSA (ANU) and the MPGE, Munich.

UCT astronomer part of international team that discovers a giant stellar void in the Milky Way Galaxy

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.

61st Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics

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.

Mercury Transit - 9 May 2016


Astronomers Pinpoint Echoes of Ancient Exploding Star on our Stellar Doorstep

1.	Colour image of Te 11 made from images showing light from Hydrogen and Nitrogen (red), Oxygen (green) and visual light (blue).

Breakthrough for astronomers from UCT and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT)

A team of astronomers has identified a rare star that exploded around 1,500 years ago. At the time, the star would have outshone all the stars of the Orion constellation, reaching a similar brightness to Jupiter in the night sky.

Second year field trip to Sutherland (2016)


At the start of April our second year astronomy students went to SAAO, Sutherland for their field trip.


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