Open Night on 27 July 2019
“Things that go bump in the night: observing astrophysical transients”
Members of the public are welcome to an Open Night at the SAAO in Cape Town on 27 July 2019, starting at 20h00. Dr. David Buckley (SAAO) will present a talk titled Things that go bump in the night: observing astrophysical transients. This will be followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing.
Summary of the talk
In this talk, Dr. David Buckley will discuss the current programme running on the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and other South African Astronomical Observatory telescopes to observe transients objects in the Universe. These range from nearby Solar System objects to some of the most energetic and distant objects in the Universe. South African is positioning itself as a major player in the field with both its own facilities, like SALT and MeerKAT, and other international facilities, like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), due to be operational in several years time.
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.