The repercussions of the unjust suspension of Prof Phil Charles as the director of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in January 2010 (see MNASSA 69, 48, 2010) and his complete exoneration are at last coming to a head (the charges against him were never made public).
Stephen Potter and Encarni Romero-Colmenero from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and collaborators have found evidence for the existence of an extraordinary planetary system where two giant planets are orbitting the magnetic Cataclysmic Variable (UZ Fornacis).
At the annual National Science and Technology Forum, NSTF, awards Kevindran Govender won an award for his contributions to Science Communication for Outreach and Public Awareness over the last five years. He was presented with his award by the minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, during a gala dinner held at the Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park in May this year.
Project Solaris is a Polish scientific initiative to open a new frontier in the hunt for extrasolar planets. With the Kepler Space Telescope discovering hundreds of systems with planets, some of them harbouring as many as six exoplanets, it was time for a new method and new targets. A few years ago professor Konacki with the experience on radio pulsars timing and radial velocity measurements started to formulate the idea of a search for circumbinary planets utilising a new method - eclipse timing. This method is different to the one where one looks for planets crossing the surface of the star. In our case we look for the eclipses of stars, not the star and the planet.
The last decade has seen revolutionary advances in astronomical capabilities within the Middle-East and Africa. In particular, the completion of the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) in Namibia and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in South Africa, together with the construction of the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT), also in South Africa and the bid by South Africa to host the SKA, has transformed African astronomy. The Southern African region will soon be able to offer world-class observational capability from ultra-high energy gamma-rays, through optical/near-IR to radio wavelengths.
BS Tel was selected as part of an observation campaign on W UMa variables in 2007. The observation in white light that year and subsequent B and V filters in 2008 and 2010 have confirmed that the star was misclassified on discovery.
These form an important part of a research facility, often as a sort of pre-publication discussion or a discussion of an individual's current research, and as such it is virtually impossible to "publish" this material. However by recording the topics discussed in the form below does indicate to those, who are unable to attend, what current trends are and who has visited to do research: it keeps everyone 'in the loop' so to speak.
This slim volume is deceptive and is not your standard sort of FAQ (frequently asked questions) book, nor is it a book you read through: but it is an outstanding reference book that can be dipped into. Open it anywhere and there will be a question you always wanted to know the answer to!
The success of the recent Spitzer and Herschel satellites in extending sensitive observations to the medium- and long-wavelength regions of the infrared has led to many new observations of star-forming regions. Coupling these with the high-resolution millimeter-wave mapping to be expected from the ALMA array telescope in Chile, the field is bound to experience explosive growth in the near future. This book by Ward-Thompson and Whitworth has thus appeared at a very opportune moment.
Ophiuchus is one of these shady constellations that bring a feeling of mystique to the observer. Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer was known in ancient times as the herb healer, but there is also a thought that the constellation was named after a Polish king. However, popular largely because the star formation is very large - eleventh in size out of the 88 constellations and home too many globular clusters. If you have to look for globular clusters in just about all the categories then Ophiuchus offers quite a variety. But it is also a constellation with a few surprises apart from being a globular home town. Let's explore this out-of-the-ordinary constellation which is perhaps neglected to some extent because of famous neighbours.