South Africa's President joined dignitaries, scientists, a large media contingent and members of the local community in the small town of Carnarvon today to celebrate South Africa's successful bid to build the world's largest scientific instrument - the Square Kilometre Array - in Africa.
Peter Anthony Thornton Wild, affectionately known as PAT Wild, died on 23 September 2012 at the age of 75. The most notable feature of career was service - service to UCT for 37 years, to astronomy and later, to the Lavender Hill community.
This address is mostly a personal reminiscence concerning my career in infrared astronomy. It starts with a brief introduction to the infrared and its peculiarities. Next, the equipment that I developed or brought to South Africa is described. This is followed by a few of my astronomical high points. The last part deals with the era of infrared satellites and my later interest in data mining.
The article I wrote on the somewhat mysterious tracking station at Babsfontein in Gauteng (MNASSA Vol. 11 No's 3&4, April 2012), resulted in some correspondence, enabling me to get into contact with people who had worked at the station. This made it necessary to update the original article.
These form an important part of a research facility, often as a sort of prepublication 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.
The Cetus constellation is situated in the northern part of sky and ranked as the 4th largest among the documented 88. Cetus in mythology represents the sea monster sent to kill the princess Andromeda, but legends also point a finger of concern to Draco, another northern hemisphere constellation. The constellation occupies a part of sky that houses mainly galaxies and, sadly, few known clusters or nebulae; but it is famously situated at the south pole of the Milky Way.