Members of the public are welcome to an Open Night at the SAAO in Cape Town on 22 June 2013, starting at 20h00. Eli Kasai (UCT/AIMS/SAAO) will present a talk entitled Using the death of stars to study the Universe. This will be followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing.
Summary of the talk
The talk will give a basic overview about the birth and death of stars, how their death can be used to study some of the dynamics of the Universe, such as its expansion history and the concept of dark energy. This will be followed by a short summary of how instruments like the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the Namibian High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) and their successors, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) and Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe by observing dying stars more frequently with higher resolution.
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.