Kartik Sheth and Scott Ransom from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) as well as Eric Wilcots from the University of Wisconsin recently visited UWC. They highlighted the exciting capabilities of new/newly upgraded NRAO telescopes such as ALMA and the JVLA and spent an a
Are you feeling frustrated with you’re recent progress ? Struggling to get your collaborators in the same room at the same time or timezone ? We have the solution ! Escape on a research retreat, a highly concentrated week of research activity far from the distractions of everyda
Prof. Matt Jarvis and UWC post-docs Kim McAlpine and Patrice Okouma attended the recent Third-Generation Calibration (3GC3) workshop held in the quaint Eastern Cape town of Port Alfred. Third-generation calibration refers to new techniques which are being developed to calibrate next g
The extremely popular UWC astronomy nights are back ! These night sky viewing evenings are open to students and the public in general and take place biweekly on a Tuesday evening. Participants have the opportunity to discover something new about the night sky and to have firsthand exp
Our very own Roy Maartens along with researchers at the University of Cape Town and the ICG at the University of Portsmouth have been receiving quite a bit of press regarding a recently published Physics Review Letter: Antilensing: The Bright Side of Voids From the Science website:
Looks like 2013 is already starting out as a great year for the UWC Astro group. Professor Romeel Davé will be joining us as the newest staff member, taking up the SARChI Chair in Multi-wavelength Astronomy. Although the position will be based at UWC, it is also joint with the SA Ast
With so many post-docs away home over the Christmas period, the few of us that were left got together to celebrate, Cape Town style. On the 22nd December we enjoyed the sunset on one of the Clifton beaches with a wee picnic. The 24th saw us heading round to Elodie and Nico’s for
Well it was that time again – the UWC annual Physics department Christmas day out. The day began with a hearty farm house breakfast followed by some slightly strange team building exercises. Lunch was a sumptuous spit braai - oooooo yehhhh – and then were was time for r
Ms. Nikhita Madhanpall is one of UWC’s astronomy MSc students and is funded by the SKA. She recently gave a talk at the annual SKA bursary conference in Stellenbosch, SA and took the prize for best student talk!! Congratulations Nikhita!! You deserved it!
The Dark Energy Survey (of which UWC researchers Mat Smith and Roy Maartens are members) has achieved “first light” by producing high quality images of the night sky. The first light images from this powerful instrument represent a major first step in it’s attempt to
Prof. Roy Maartens will be an invited speaker at the New Waves in Gravity and Cosmology conference as part of the Nishinomiya Yukawa Symposium. The symposium will run from the 4th to the 6th December 2012. Â For more information click here.
Russell Johnston will be giving a public talk at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Date: Saturday 11th August 2012 Time: From 8pm Title: Surveying the Universe All members of the public are welcome to attend.
Mario Santos currently carries out research at CENTRA Multidisciplinary Centre for Astrophysics. His research interests include cosmological reionization of the Universe and the 21cm signal, measurement of the 21cm signal with radio-interferometers and foreground simulations/cleaning
Romeel is the newest staff member to join the UWC Astrophysics group. He was Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, but has now taken up the SARChI Chair in Multi-wavelength Astronomy, based at UWC but also joint with the SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). He is a theorist who uses large-scale hydrodynamic simulations to understand how the observable Universe evolves from the Big Bang until today. You can find out more about Romeel at his personal webpage.