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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30
NOV

Looking Up - 30 Nov 22

Great balls of fire! A fireball, or bolide, was seen by many above Kirstenbosch Gardens at the concert last weekend. And other fiery topics: the eruption of Mauna Loa in Hawaii and volcanism on other planets in, and out of, our solar system.
23
NOV

Looking Up - 23 Nov 22

Chris Forder has spent a lifetime building telescopes, a very worthy hobby. He tells Kechil about the changes that have occurred in telescope design and materials over the last 60 years.
16
NOV

Looking Up - 16 Nov 22

South Africa is to host a ground station for NASA to communicate with the Artemis lunar exploration programme at Matjiesfontein. This is great news for SANSA. Also a plug for the 2023 Sky Guide Southern Africa published by Penguin Random House / Struik Nature.
02
NOV

Looking Up - 02 Nov 22

Kechil mentions a couple of new space engineering endeavours: how to get heavy objects through tricky atmospheres on other planets, and launching hypersonic planes from other massive planes. Also something scary for Halloween: a large asteroid missed us. Phew!
26
OCT

Looking Up - 26 Oct 22

An ancient text has been found and accurately dated, to the Greek astronomer Hipparchus in 129 BCE. This is a major historical breakthrough as it shows that people were accurately measuring the stars at that time, and using charts to predict their positions and movements.
12
OCT

Looking Up - 12 Oct 22

Out in the Karoo in the middle of the Northern Cape is the site of the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, consisting of 64 MeerKAT radio dishes and other strange instruments, designed to capture radio waves from the universe. Turning them into something astronomers can work with requires the biggest super computer in Africa, massive power generation, and all sorts of high tech equipment. Here to tell us about this is Andre Walker who is in charge of the Data Centre.
05
OCT

Looking Up - 05 Oct 22

A round up of recent astronomical news: the effect of hurricane Ian on space launches, Citizen Science and the search for exoplanets has a new SETI project, and no eclipse for us down in South Africa.
30
SEP

Looking Up - 30 Sept 22

NASA's DART project could save the entire planet! Last Monday NASA successfully hit a small lump of rock in space, knocking it very slightly off orbit. This is a demonstration of a method that could be used to deal with a real threat to Earth from space.
23
SEP

Looking Up - 23 Sept 22

Professor Paul Groote talks to Kechil about multiwavelength astronomy and how it is that we know so much about the stars.
16
SEP

Looking Up - 16 Sept 22

Want to see the biggest single-mirror telescope in the hemisphere? Want to look at the stars through powerful instruments? Claudine Jasmine is a tour guide in Sutherland at the South African Astronomical Observatory and here tells Kechil what you need to do. Go to www.saao.ac.za to book for a day or night tour. It's fabulous.
SAAO

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