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A podcast about world-class astronomy under African skies.

A podcast about world-class astronomy under African skies.

Location:

South Africa

Description:

A podcast about world-class astronomy under African skies.

Language:

English


Episodes

Mini Episode: The Universe evolves too

9/17/2020
In this week’s mini-episode, we chat with Liantsoa Finaritra Randrianjanahary who is a PhD candidate at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Liantsoa works in the field of cosmology which means he is researching the whole universe as one entity rather than focusing on the individual contents of the universe such as stars and galaxies. Check out the full show notes at www.thecosmicsavannah.com for more info, pictures, related links and the full transcript. The post Mini Episode: The...

Duration:00:08:31

Mini Episode: "From Hospitality to aspiring Astronomer"

9/10/2020
In this mini-episode, we talk with Bret Yotti a student and teaching assistant from the University of Cape Town (UCT) as well as a presenter at the Iziko Planetarium in Cape Town. We look at Bret's journey in astronomy and why he chose this path. We also find out about his life as a teaching assistant whilst being a student as well at UCT and the work he is doing for the planetarium. Check out the full show notes at www.thecosmicsavannah.com for more info, pictures, transcript and related...

Duration:00:05:49

Mini Episode: "But How Does Astronomy Benefit Humanity?!"

9/3/2020
In this mini-episode we talk with PhD candidate Tshiamiso Makwela from the University of Cape Town. She shared with us some interesting results from studies answering pressing questions in the field of Astronomy Education Research. Why do students struggle with Astronomy? How can Astronomy be beneficial to society at large? Check out the full show notes at www.thecosmicsavannah.com for more info, pictures, related links and the full transcript. The post Mini Episode: “But How Does Astronomy...

Duration:00:10:27

Mini Episode: The Most Powerful Explosion Ever Recorded

8/27/2020
In this mini episode we talk with Reikantseone Diretse. Reika is a Master's student from the University of Cape Town. He talks about his involvement with the ThunderKAT project to spot mysterious "transient" objects. Reika also tells us about his work with the most powerful gamma-ray burst that has ever been recorded! Check out the full show notes at www.thecosmicsavannah.com for more info, pictures, related links and the full transcript. The post Mini Episode: The Most Powerful Explosion...

Duration:00:51:55

Mini Episode: Seeing Beyond the Satellites

8/20/2020
In this mini-episode we talk with PhD student Brandon Engelbrecht from the University of Western Cape (UWC). We discuss his current work in removing radio frequency interference (RFI) from MeerKAT and how he came to work with one of the largest radio telescope in the world. Check out the full show notes at www.thecosmicsavannah.com for more info, pictures, transcript and related links. The post Mini Episode: Seeing Beyond the Satellites appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:00:11:48

Mini Episode: Watching the watchers

8/13/2020
In this special mini episode of the Cosmic Savannah, we are joined by Timothy Roelf who is a Masters student at the University of Cape Town. Tim talks about his project which is going to contribute a lot to improving the performance of astronomical telescopes such as MeerLICHT and BlackGEM. The post Mini Episode: Watching the Watchers appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:00:38:28

Special Episode: Annular Solar Eclipse 21 June 2020

6/17/2020
In this special bonus episode we discuss the upcoming Annular Solar Eclipse occurring on 21 June 2020 across much of Africa and Asia! The post Special Episode: Annular Solar Eclipse 21 June 2020 appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:00:28:14

Episode 25: A Year in Review

4/23/2020
In this the final episode of Season 2 of The Cosmic Savannah podcast, Dan and Jacinta look back on the past year and some of their favourite episodes. They discuss asteroids, aliens, black holes, giant Galactic bubbles and much more. We also look forward to the year ahead and some of the exciting events to to come in 2020/21 including the launch of the James Webb Space Telescopes and a new Mars Rover! The post Episode 25: A Year in Review appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:00:56:39

Episode 24: HIRAX

4/10/2020
Episode 24 features Professor Kavilan Moodley who joins us to discuss another exciting project in radio astronomy in South Africa, HIRAX! HIRAX is a radio telescope array that will detect remnant ripples in the distribution of galaxies that originate from primordial sound waves that existed in the early universe. This can be used for charting the expansion history of the universe and for shedding light on the nature of dark energy. The post Episode 24: HIRAX appeared first on The Cosmic...

Duration:00:55:10

Episode 23: ThunderKAT

3/30/2020
In Episode 23 of The Cosmic Savannah podcast, we are joined by the Head of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town, Professor Patrick Woudt. Patrick talks about the exciting ThunderKAT project which has recently observed a black hole ejecting material at close to the speed of light out to some of the largest angular distances (separations) ever seen! The post Episode 23: ThunderKAT appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:01:13:19

Episode 22: Milky Way blowing bubbles!

3/12/2020
This week on The Cosmic Savannah Podcast week we are joined by Dr Fernando Camilo who is the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) Chief Scientist. We chat with Fernando about MeerKAT and the recent discovery of enormous balloon-like structures that tower hundreds of light-years above and below the centre of the Milky Way galaxy. The post Episode 22: Milky Way blowing bubbles! appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:00:57:58

Episode 21: X-ray binaries and Astrocomms!

2/27/2020
This week on The Cosmic Savannah Podcast we are joined by South African Astronomer, Dr Tana Joseph. Tana is currently based at the University of Manchester. She studies X-ray binaries which are a type of star system that emit X-rays because of interactions with a black hole or neutron star! Tana is also paving her own path and has started a company called AstroComms. It is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) consulting and communications company. The post Episode 21:...

Duration:01:11:33

Episode 20: Cosmic Chemistry

2/12/2020
In our first episode of the 2020s and Episode 20 we are honoured to be joined by Prof Ewine van Dishoeck who is a Dutch astronomer and chemist. We learn how molecules form in space, combine with dust and eventually grow into the massive planets we observe and indeed inhabit. Ewine also tells us what it's like to be the President of the largest organisation of astronomers in the world and what she's been up to during her visit to Cape Town! The post Episode 20: Cosmic Chemistry appeared...

Duration:01:07:49

Episode 19: Astro Molo Mhlaba

12/19/2019
In Episode 19 we learn all about the inspirational Astro Molo Mhlaba programme in Khayelitsha (Cape Town). This project targets the issues of inclusivity and diversity in South African astronomy by engaging the most underrepresented group - black girls from under-served communities. We hear from the project coordinators, the student facilitators and the school girls themselves. The post Episode 19: Astro Molo Mhlaba appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:01:29:55

Episode 18: Dark skies over Africa

12/5/2019
Carringtone Kinyanjui and Olayinka Fagbemiro join us to talk about incredible astronomy outreach projects happening in Kenya and Nigeria. We talk about traditional interpretations of the night sky, the Sayari astro-tourism project, the Nigerian Space Agency and Astronomers Without Borders: Nigeria. The post Episode 18: Dark skies over Africa appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:00:57:38

Episode 17: Space Telescopes!

11/20/2019
In Episode 17 of The Cosmic Savannah, we discuss space telescopes! We talk about the amazing Hubble Space Telescope and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). We also learn how the incredibly beautiful 'photos' of space are made. The post Episode 17: Space Telescopes! appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:01:27:28

Episode 16: Transit of Mercury, 11 November 2019

11/6/2019
On the 11th of November 2019, the planet Mercury will pass between Earth and the Sun. This transit of Mercury will be visible across all of Africa by simply using a small telescope. In this special episode, we speak with Dr Niruj Ramanujam from the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) about the importance of these events and how you can see the transit. The post Episode 16: Transit of Mercury, 11 November 2019 appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:00:50:43

Episode 15: The Vatican Observatory and more!

10/31/2019
Dan visits the Vatican Observatory and chats with the Director Brother Guy Consolmagno about how to reconcile faith and the Big Bang! We also talk to PhD Student Julia Healy about her work on galaxy clusters and what happened behind the scenes at the Lindau meeting of Nobel Laureates. The post Episode 15: The Vatican Observatory and more! appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:01:31:09

Episode 14: Modeling Meerkats

10/17/2019
Welcome to season 2 of The Cosmic Savannah! We take you on a trip to the African Savannah to the Kruger National Park and take a peek behind-the-scenes of an astronomy conference. The post Episode 14: Modeling Meerkats! appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:01:12:25

Inter-Season Bonus: Soapbox Science

9/20/2019
Season Two of The Cosmic Savannah is on it's way! But in the meantime, our science-savvy listeners can get their fix at a very exciting live event happening soon in Cape Town! Soapbox Science South Africa is happening on Saturday 28th September 2019 at the Pierhead V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from 12pm until 3pm. Join us! The post Inter-Season Bonus: Soapbox Science appeared first on The Cosmic Savannah.

Duration:01:04:06