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SAAO Cape Town Open Night

May 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


This week’s talk: Rosalind Skelton

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.

Due to COVID-19 Regulations bookings are compulsory and space is limited to 40 individuals. Please note that all individuals over 12 years old are required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to gain access to the SAAO facilities in both Cape Town and Sutherland. This is in keeping with the NRF Guidelines which strives to provide a safe working environment for all employees.

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


Dr Rosalind Skelton is an astronomer at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), where she supports the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and has a research focus on galaxy formation and evolution. She completed her PhD on galaxy mergers at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (University of Heidelberg) in 2010 and then took up a postdoctoral research position at Yale University. She returned to South Africa in 2013 for a Professional Development Programme postdoctoral fellowship at the SAAO, and has been a member of the SALT team since 2016. She enjoys lecturing for the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme and mentoring students at all levels. Her group investigates galaxy formation processes in different environments over most of the Universe’s history, spanning a wide range of scales, from the formation of the faintest galaxies to the most massive structures they’re found in.

Talk abstract: Moving in high circles

In this talk I’ll describe how galaxies are thought to form and evolve and we’ll look at some of the outstanding questions in the field that we are addressing through our work at SAAO. We will explore how the environment a galaxy is in affects its evolution. I’ll show how galaxy development strongly depends on interactions with other galaxies: a galaxy that evolves in isolation is likely to turn out very differently to one surrounded by others.




May 14
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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