Looking Up

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Five minutes at the end of each week explores the big and the small questions in astronomy, cosmology, and space science. Hosted by Kechil Kirkham, no subject is too big or too small, and experts are regularly brought on board to illuminate and excite. Cape Town is the place to be for astronomy, with some of the largest telescopes in the world housed or being built not too far away. Looking Up takes advantage of the shoals of scientists and engineers working on the planet’s most advanced astronomy projects, who live and work right here in the Mother City. Kechil has recently acquired an MPhil in Space Studies at the University of Cape Town, and works in South Africa’s space industry on the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope.

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MAY

Looking up - 20 May 2022

What is the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group and what does it do? It's hard not to be flippant about this subject, but it is interesting how many aerial phenomena defy explanation.
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MAY

Looking up - 13 May 2022

Some listeners may have heard the term 'machine learning'. This is highly critical for modern astronomy, where computers take vast amounts of data from astronomical observations and sift through it to detect patterns or find anomalies. To put it in context for us is Dr Jasper Horrell who works at the University of Cape Town at the Inter-university Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy and also runs a company, Deep Data, using machine learning for security applications. You can find out more at www.deepdata.works. Astronomers these days must also be data scientists and computer geeks - it's a good thing we're living longer, that's a lot of learning to do.
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MAY

Looking up - 06 May

Would you like to live on Mars? A recent report suggests that solar technology may be feasible for establishing a small colony.
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APR

Looking up - 29 Apr

NASA has created a wonderful sonification (sound picture) of planets outside of our solar system. This comes with pretty visuals. It's lovely to listen to, and to get a feel for how many exoplanets we've detected and their characteristics.
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APR

Looking up - 22 Apr

The Orion spacecraft will sit atop a rocket and will take humans to the Moon and beyond in the not-too-distant future. Hear all about it!
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APR

Looking up - 15 Apr

NASA has created a wonderful sonification (sound picture) of planets outside of our solar system. This comes with pretty visuals. It's lovely to listen to, and to get a feel for how many exoplanets we've detected and their characteristics.
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APR

Looking up - 08 Apr

Not every student who studies astronomy will go on to be an astronomer. In fact only a minority will do so. What do they do when they've completed a PhD or Masters? The EU-funded SKIES project is designed to help students navigate the world out there, and here are Michelle Willebrand from Leiden University in The Netherlands, and Lucia Marchetti, a lecturer in astronomy from the University of Cape Town, talking about training that's taken place this week at the UCT Graduate School of Business.
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APR

Looking up - 01 Apr

It is true that I had lunch with the head of NASA (as in, sitting next to him in a small room with just 4 of us), and that he told me that the entire budget of NASA was one slice of pizza per US citizen in 2011. In fact the only untruth in that Looking Up is that my idea to have premier league footballers forego their salaries for a year is actually going to happen (and that Richard Branson is behind it - I'll deal with Sir Richard if he comes baying for FMR's blood)!
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MAR

Looking up - 25 Mar

Dr Elias Aydi is a research associate at Michigan State University, and has been involved in research under Cape Town's Professor Shazrene Mohammed. Their research has simulated what happens when our star dies. It's quite wild. Thankfully this isn't going to happen for a long long time
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MAR

Looking up - 18 Mar

Astronomy Picture of the Day https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ has been at it again, inspiring us with extraordinary images from nature. A recent image shows us what we can see in what is known as 'the observable universe'. What are the limits of this universe, and what lies beyond?

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