ASTRONOMY HIGHLIGHTS WITH THE MEERKAT RADIO TELESCOPE
Dr Itumeleng Monageng, Associate Professor Sarah Blythe, Professor Patrick Woudt, University of Cape Town
Wednesday 18–Friday 20 January
COURSE FEES R330
This course will showcase some of the spectacular astronomical results from the MeerKAT radio telescope. MeerKAT is a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and has been operational since July 2018. The course will discuss MeerKAT’s capabilities and present some of the interesting findings from the telescope. The first lecture will take us on a journey through the evolution of stars and give insights on some of the most explosive events in the Universe. The second lecture will focus on the science of galaxies and shed light on some of the largest structures in the Universe. In the final lecture we will learn about the connection between MeerKAT and MeerLICHT, a robotic optical telescope that is dedicated to observe the same region of the sky as MeerKAT.
1. Evolution of stars and stellar explosions Dr Itumeleng Monageng
2. The science of galaxies with MeerKAT Associate Professor Sarah Blyth
3. MeerLICHT: an optical view of the radio sky Professor Patrick Woudt