with Prof Romeel Davé
Prof Romeel Davé, from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, and who spent 5 years working in Cape Town, introduces us to simulations! He explains how we can use simulations to perform experiments to test our understanding of the physics of the Universe.
Romeel also talks about his time here in South Africa, and his involvement in the MeerKAT radio telescope and the general development of astronomy on the African continent.
This week’s guest:
Prof Romeel Davé
Romeel’s Quora Profile:
https://www.quora.com/profile/Romeel-Dav%C3%A9 SARAO: https://www.ska.ac.za/about/sarao/ UWC: http://astro.uwc.ac.za/ Royal Observatory Edinburgh: https://www.roe.ac.uk/ MeerKAT: https://www.ska.ac.za/science-engineering/meerkat/about-meerkat/
Featured Image: A Simulated Galaxy courtesy of Romeel Dave.
with Dr Tanya Edwards and Dr Simon Bihr
In Episode 7 of the Cosmic Savannah we chat with Tanya and Simon about their astronomy at Namibia’s HESS Telescope and the VLA in the USA.
We also chat about their incredible journey through Africa on bicycles and their experience of the magnificent cosmic savannah!
This week’s guests:
Dr Simon Bihr & Dr Tanya Edwards
Episode Links: HESS: https://www.mpi-hd.mpg.de/hfm/HESS/ Rock-Road-Rhino: http://rock-road-rhino.com/ https://www.facebook.com/RockRoadRhino/ https://www.instagram.com/rock.road.rhino/
Featured Image courtesy of Janus Brink
with Prof Eric Wilcots and Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana
In this episode, we speak with Prof Eric Wilcots and Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana about galaxies and the environments they live in.
We discuss how and where galaxies form, and how they interact with other galaxies, and what effect that has on how these galaxies continue to evolve.
We also chat about how astronomers observe clusters of galaxies and the exciting science that will be coming out of the MeerKAT Telescope.
This image, based on observations made with South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope, shows the clearest view yet of the central regions of our galaxy. Credit: SARAO/MeerKAT
This week’s guests:
Prof Eric Wilcots Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana
Featured Image: Stephan’s Quintet is a visual grouping of five galaxies of which four form the first compact galaxy group ever discovered. Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
Episode Links: SALT: https://www.salt.ac.za/ MeerKAT: https://www.ska.ac.za/gallery/meerkat/ VLA: https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/vla