Dwarf-Star Wars: the revenge of the degenerates

Open Night on 22 April 2017
“Dwarf-Star Wars: the revenge of the degenerates”


Members of the public are welcome to an Open Night at the SAAO in Cape Town on 22 April 2017, starting at 20h00. Dr. David Buckley (SALT) will present a talk titled Dwarf-Star Wars: the revenge of the degenerates. This will be followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing.

Summary of the talk

A bizarre binary star system has been discovered where a degenerate white dwarf pulsar is “lashing” its red dwarf companion with its strong magnetic field and beamed radiation every minute as it spins on its axis.

This Saturday, Dr. David Buckley will talk about the  discovery that was made in March 2016 with the 1.9-m diameter telescope at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland, formerly known as the Radcliffe reflector when it began operating about 70 years ago in Pretoria.

For more details about the paper


The Open Night will take place at the SAAO in Cape Town. The SAAO is located off Liesbeeck Parkway, next to the River Club.


Gates open at 19h30 and parking is available on site.

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