Episode 15: The Vatican Observatory and more!

with Brother Guy Consolmagno and Julia Healy

This week we continue on our travels! Dan visits the Vatican Observatory in Rome, where he attends a conference. He speaks with the director, Brother Guy Consolmagno, about why the Vatican has an observatory, and how they reconcile faith and the Big Bang!

We also chat with PhD Student Julia Healy about some of her excellent work on neutral hydrogen in galaxy clusters. Julia also attended the 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting and talks about what went down after hours!

Some images of the Vatican Observatory and the SuperVOSS Conference

This week’s guests:

Related Links:  

Vatican Observatory: http://www.vaticanobservatory.va/content/specolavaticana/en.html
MeerKAT: https://www.ska.ac.za/science-engineering/meerkat/about-meerkat/ 

Featured Image:
The Vatican Observatory, Castel Gandalfo, Italy. (Image Credit: Hannah Scott)

Episode 14: Modeling Meerkats!

with Prof Romeel Dave, Prof Lerothodi Leeuw and Nicole Thomas

Welcome to Season 2 of The Cosmic Savannah!

This week we recap what we have been up to during the season break, including an exciting trip to the Kruger National Park in South Africa! We were in Kruger for a workshop to discuss how best to combine simulations and observations in astronomy.

We caught up with the organiser Prof Romeel Dave from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and Episode 8. As well as Nicole Thomas from the University of the Western Cape and Episode 9. We got to see how they are doing and what the workshop aimed to achieve. Nicole also discusses her exciting trip to the 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting!

We’re also joined by Prof Lerothodi Leeuw from the University of South Africa. Lerothodi talks with us about the challenging interface between theory and observations.

Finally, we also get to do some game viewing in the incredible 2 million hectare Kruger National Park!

This week’s guests:

Related Links:
Romeel’s Quora Profile: https://www.quora.com/profile/Romeel-Dav%C3%A9
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/
UNISA: https://www.unisa.ac.za/

Featured Image: Modeling Meerkats, a tessellation of the SARAO/MeerKAT image of the galactic centre