Welcome to The Cosmic Savannah, a podcast giving you a behind-the-scenes peek into the world-class astronomy and astrophysics happening in Africa. Each episode, hosts Dr Jacinta Delhaize and Dr Daniel Cunnama chat to different guests and introduce you to the people, the technology, the science and the fascinating discoveries emerging from African astronomy. No matter who you are or where you're from, we welcome you to join us on a safari through the skies!
Episode 28: Under a Shared Sky
Join us this week as we explore the 'Intimate Cosmology' of the indigenous people of South Africa, and the importance of preserving these stories for future generations. Check out the full show notes at www.thecosmicsavannah.com for more info, pictures, related links and the full transcript.
Episode 27: A Bamboo Telescope
This week's episode sees us celebrate SAAO's 200th anniversary, Dan premiering a full-length planetarium show, and the inspiring work being done by The Travelling Telescope in Kenya. Check out the full show notes at www.thecosmicsavannah.com for more info, pictures, related links and the full transcript.
Episode 26: Beyond 200 years of astronomy in South Africa
Welcome to Season 3 of The Cosmic Savannah! This week we get up to speed with all the activities over the break, hear from Assoc Prof Vanessa McBride joins about the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) and her role as Head of Research at the SAAO, and her own research in the field of compact binary stars. We also discuss the objectives of the OAD, acknowledging South Africa's difficult past, in striving for an equal and inclusive future for all, in astronomy and beyond.
Check out the show notes at www.thecosmicsavannah.com for more info, pictures, links, and the transcript of this episode.
Mini Episode: Capturing the whispers of hydrogen
In this mini episode, we chat to Andrew “Andy” Firth, a Masters students at the South African Astronomical Observatory and the University of Cape Town. Andrew tries to detect the faint signals of hydrogen gas in distant galaxies. He is creating an algorithm for stacking data cubes of these galaxies. This clever new technique will be used alongside high-quality MeerKAT radio telescope data. Check out the show notes at www.thecosmicsavannah.com for more info, pictures, links and the transcript of this episode.
Mini Episode: Beyond the zone of avoidance
This week's mini episode features PhD candidate Sambatriniaina Rajohnson, of the University of Cape Town's Astronomy department. She explains part of her work trying to advance our understanding of the large scale structure of the universe. Utilising the radio telescope MeerKAT, she plans on observing these structures in a region known as the Vela supercluster. This all part of her contribution to the Galactic Plane Survey (GPS). She describes some of the challenges she faces in studying the region of space hidden by the Milky Way - the formidable Zone of Avoidance.
Mini Episode: The Universe Evolves Too
In this week’s mini-episode, we chat with Liantsoa Finaritra Randrianjanahary who is a PhD candidate at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Liantsoa works in the field of cosmology which means he is researching the whole universe as one entity rather than focusing on the individual contents of the universe such as stars and galaxies. We discuss his specific interest in the evolution of the universe and how he can determine some of the hidden secrets of the universe. Liantsoa’s work also involves the use of hydrogen measurements and even the density of the mysterious quantity known as dark matter.
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Cosmic Savannah enthralling entertainment and education in Cosmology Science
What a fresh and innovative way of sharing discoveries and teaching of the Universe wonderful and mysterious ways. These podcasts have given me an insight into to universe I could previously not understand of it’s dimensions and now we are told that there may be many other and perhaps alternative universes as if this one isn’t big enough to boggle the mind. Guys please keep feeding us these amazing stories!
Amazing! I’ve always wanted to learn more about astronomy. There is so much out there that we mere humans do not comprehend. And here we have access to world class astronomy made very accessible and understandable to those without a PhD in astrophysics. Loving the episodes on my commute to work, keep ‘em coming!
A gem of a show
I love listening to this show on my drives between Sydney and Canberra. The 2 hosts conduct great interviews with a wide variety of people working on cosmology, astronomy, astrophysics etc. What I really like is the fascinating array of topics covered and each time I listen I learn a lot, for which I am grateful. Keep up the good work, it’s hard to make a dent in many 1000’s of podcasts available out there, but do not lose heart.