The Minister of Science and Technology (DST), Mrs. Naledi Pandor acknowledged the 2015 National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards recipients at a ceremony held at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre in Durban on Thursday, 27 August 2015.
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) Foundation and South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) are delighted with the success of the SALT Science Conference 2015 held in Stellenbosch from the 1st to the 5th June. The programme was jam-packed with talks, poster presentations, practical workshops and discussions showcasing SALT's capabilities. Over ninety astronomers and education professionals attended the conference representing over twenty nationalities. Delegates from astronomical institutes in seven countries attended the conference to foster scientific collaborations and enhance partnerships with the South African astronomical community. Education and outreach professionals also contributed to the conference programme in recognition of the pivotal role that SALT has played in the advancement of astronomy and science education and in skills development within South Africa.
Darragh O'Donoghue was a truly remarkable man and an extremely talented scientist. He contributed enormously to astronomy, South Africa and, most profoundly, to the lives of his many colleagues and friends around the world.
This part deals with the satellite tracking done in Cape Town and covers the Kine-theodolite setup at the then Royal Observatory and manned by part time amateur observers. It also covers the activities of Roberts at his Kenilworth tracking site. The activities of Bill Hirst and his station at Bergvliet are described.
To construct a simple, low cost "star pointing" pointing device using Open Source software, recycled printer stepper motors and parts in addition to other readily available material. The article describes a simple prototype that will eventually be developed into a laser cut kit for easy assembly by learners, the general public with an interest in technology and astronomy and amateur astronomers.
Magda Streicher recounts a memorable trip to Cambridge
When one is invited to address any society's meeting, one usually accepts the invitation, regarding it as a great privilege to have been asked. And so it was with me, and once I had accepted and the necessary bookings had been made and the tickets bought, there was no turning back. I was fortunate to be accompanied by my two daughters, who no doubt came with me just to make sure I would be okay all the way. Of course it was also beneficial for them to have their mother looking after their needs!