Episode 13: The South African Astronomical Observatory

featuring Professor Petri Vaisanen

In our final episode for Season 1, we are joined by Professor Petri Vaisanen, Director of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO).

Petri discusses the path to his current role including his research on galaxy evolution and some of the exciting discoveries along the way.

Petri also explains his current role, his vision for astronomy in South Africa, and some of the exciting developments occurring at SAAO and around the world!

We are then joined by Allen Versfeld who runs the Urban Astronomer podcast and who does an excellent job of highlighting the astronomy in South Africa. You can find the Urban Astronomer podcast at https://www.urban-astronomer.com

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT)

The European Southern Observatory’s Extremely Large Telescope foundations!

Featured Image: The SAAO Plateau in Sutherland, South Africa

This week’s guests:

Episode Links:
SAAO: http://www.saao.ac.za
SALT: http://www.salt.ac.za
ESO ELT: https://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/elt/
Urban Astronomer Podcast: https://www.urban-astronomer.com