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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Looking up - 18 January 2019

There are many new large funky telescopes coming online at the moment and one of them is the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chile. This is like a giant sophisticated camera taking thousands of pictures of the night sky each night. The really interesting thing is what it's looking at. Jeff Kantor who has been working on this project for many years talks to Kechil about this new telescope and one of the things its designed to detect. Astonishingly, it will look 13 billion years into the past.

Looking Up - Kechil Kirkham

Up to the minute updates on two missions: Ultima Thule (23 March 2018 podcast) and the Chinese lunar Chang'e-4 mission which has just landed (25 May 2018 podcast).

Looking Up - 21 December 2018

Galaxies are not arranged in a nice grid formation in the sky, nor are they random. Galaxies form part of very large-scale structures or clusters, and some of these clusters are pretty massive. At least two known superstructures lie in the zone of avoidance, where it's difficult to see as the Milky Way obscures the background galaxies. Professor Renee Kraan-Kortweg of the University of Cape Town talks about the Great Attractor and the Vela Supercluster, solving puzzles about how galaxies are moving in space.

Looking Up - 23 November 2018

The International Space Station crew have been re-supplied. After a drama last October when a mission to the ISS failed and two crew members survived by aborting and parachuting in a capsule back down to Earth, two unmanned robotic missions have succeeded this last week.

Looking Up - 16 November 2018

In days gone by people sat around fires at night and told stories, and many of these were about the night skies. Well in fact people still do this, and to tell us about different cultures and how they interpret the night sky is Dr Kerry Jones, a local linguist who studies and works with First Peoples' languages.

Looking Up - 09 November 2018

How many planets are there in our solar system and what is the mysterious Planet 9, and The Goblin? There remain many mysteries still in our own astronomical back yard.

Looking Up - 02 November 2018

The Kepler Space Telescope has come to the end of its working life. Kechil gives a round-up of its achievements in looking for planets around distant stars, and reminds us it's not long since we didn't know for sure that there were any other planets in the universe.

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