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SAAO Cape Town Open Night

Mar 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This week’s talk: Daniel Cunnama

The SAAO Open Nights in Cape Town take place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 20:00.

All Open Nights will start with a presentation on topics of astronomy or physics. Then, visitors will be given an introduction to the historic McClean telescope, the observatory museum, and the library. If the weather is clear, there will be a chance for stargazing using telescopes set up for the night.

Please email enquiries@saao.ac.za if you have any queries regarding bookings and tours for Cape Town Open Nights.


Dr Daniel Cunnama is the Science Engagement Astronomer at the South African Astronomical Observatory. Daniel completed his undergraduate degree in Computational Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal before moving to the University of the Western Cape for his PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics. During his PhD and subsequent research, Daniel has studied how galaxies form and evolve under the laws of gravity and in the presence of Dark Matter and Dark Energy using large supercomputer simulations.

After the completion of his PhD, Daniel then was awarded a prestigious SKA(Square Kilometre Array) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to further study the gas in distant galaxies and how it affects the formation of stars and galaxies as a whole.

In his current role, Daniel is tasked with the promotion and communication of the world-class research happening at the SAAO and other Astronomical Institutions in the country. He has extensive experience in science engagement performing regular television and radio interviews as well as public talks at venues around the country.

Talk Abstract:

Light pollution is a growing problem that affects both our environment and human health. It occurs when artificial light sources, such as streetlights and buildings, emit excessive and unnecessary light that disrupts the natural darkness of the night sky. This talk will explore the causes and consequences of light pollution, including its impact on wildlife, ecosystems, and human health. We will also discuss potential solutions and strategies to reduce light pollution, including responsible outdoor lighting practices, light pollution laws and regulations, and community engagement. Join us for an illuminating discussion on the importance of preserving our dark skies and reducing the harmful effects of light pollution.



Mar 11
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cape Town
Observatory Rd, Observatory
Cape Town, 7925 South Africa
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