Cape Centre News Letter, 23rd July 2014

Dear Cape Centre members and friends

While awaiting our next highlight, Prof Michael Feast’s talk about the first known stars in the flared disk of the Milky Way on 13 August, don’t forget about the SAAO Open Nights.

Upcoming Events

13 August20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Prof Michael Feast will talk about the discovery of the first known stars in the flared disk of the Milky Way. These stars are situated on the far side of our Galaxy, 80 thousand light years from the Earth and beyond the Galactic Centre. This discovery has been covered quite widely in the press and the results of the work done by Prof Feast (University of Cape Town – UCT, SAAO), Dr John Menzies (SAAO), Dr Noriyuki Matsunaga (the University of Tokyo, Japan) and Prof Patricia Whitelock (SAAO, UCT) will also feature in the international journal Nature. Prof Feast will tell us more about their research and findings.

20 August, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Edward Foster of ELF Astronomy is well known among our members, among others for his passionate involvement in astronomy outreach work, and the work done to organise the Southern Star Parties together with Lynnette Foster and Auke Slotegraaf.  But for his talk on 20 August, Ed will share some of his knowledge about geology in a talk titled “Why does the Western Cape look the way it does.”

SAAO Open Nights

26 July, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Thuso Simon (UCT PhD student) will present a talk entitled A failure of serendipity: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life. (Judging from the abstract,, the talk might be about astrophotography though.)

9 August, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Dr Daniel Cunnama (UWC) will present a talk entitled Women in Astronomy.

ASSA Symposium 2014

The Durban Centre has announced that internationally renowned Dr Wolfgang Steinicke FRAS will give a presentation at this year’s ASSA Symposium, which takes place from 25 to 27 September. You may still register for the symposium. Please see the attached file for more details.

Kind regards

Lia and Christianon behalf of the new Cape Centre Committee