Cape Centre News Letter, 31st March 2014

Talks in April
Formal Talk, 9 April: Dr Kelly Hess (Post-Doc at the Department of Astronomy UCT) will discuss high velocity clouds in the Milky Way and other galaxies as evidence for primordial gas accretion, a “galactic fountain” recycling gas through star formation, and interactions between galaxies.
Formal talk on 16 April?: With a bit of luck there might be another formal talk. Please watch this space.
Talk on 23 April: Richard Jones will discuss the runaway breakdown theory

SAAO Open Nights in April
12 April: Dr. Marissa Kotze (SAAO) will present a talk entitled The captivating mystery of Black holes.
For decades, black holes have captured the imagination of science fiction fans and scientists alike. While popular movies may often misrepresent their physics for dramatic effect, the truth about black holes is often stranger than fiction. These marvellous powerhouses of the Universe are certainly mysterious and dangerous, capable of ripping stars apart. But their true story is even more interesting than the monsters they are normally portrayed to be.
26 April: Dr. Navin Sivanandam (AIMS) will present a talk entitled After the Golden Age of Cosmology.
This is the golden age of cosmology; we see more of the Universe and understand it better than we have ever done in the past. However, we may also be seeing and understanding more than we will ever be able to in the future; our golden age may be followed by a slow decline and eventual fall. Dr. Sivanandam will give us the flavour of the heights we have reached in our understanding of the cosmos, and tell you about the technical, theoretical and philosophical challenges that might stop us from going further.
SAAO Open Nights start at 20:00 in the SAAO Auditorium.
ASSA Symposium 2014 in Durban
The Durban Centre is inviting to the ASSA Symposium 2014, which will take place from 24 to 27 September at the Durban University of Technology. Please see the attached letter of invitation.