The first three minutes

Open Night on 26 January 2019
“The first three minutes”


Members of the public are welcome to an Open Night at the SAAO in Cape Town on 26 January 2019, starting at 20h00. Dr. Margherita Molaro (UWC) will present a talk titled The first three minutes. This will be followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing.

Summary of the talk

What can you achieve in three minutes? At only three minutes old, our Universe had already formed all its simple atoms. In this talk, we will explore how this short period of time, full of suspense and cliff-hangers, shaped our existence and how studying it can provide us with unique insight into the evolution of the Universe in the subsequent 13.7 billion years.


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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