Open Night on 23 September 2017
“Sir David Gill – the Scottish astronomer who put South Africa on the astronomical map”
Members of the public are welcome to an Open Night at the SAAO in Cape Town on 23 September 2017, starting at 20h00. Prof. Ian Glass (SAAO) will present a talk titled Sir David Gill – the Scottish astronomer who put South Africa on the astronomical map. This will be followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing.
Summary of the talk
David Gill worked at the Royal Observatory Cape in the period 1879-1907. He was one of the leading astronomers of his time, he built up the Observatory into an internationally recognised institution. As well as being an excellent observer, he was the designer of many instruments. He is specially noted as a pioneer of astronomical photography. If he could come back to visit the Observatory today he would recognise many buildings which he himself designed.
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.