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 58: Season 4 in Review
In this week's episode, Jacinta and Dan take a step back to review the past year of the Cosmic Savannah podcast. We chat about some of the highlights of the past year in astronomy and also some of our favourite episodes of the season.
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Episode 57: From dust to dust
In this episode we are joined by Dr Omima Osman who studies the lifecycles of cosmic dust. Omima explains how she is using computer simulations to understand how dust is created, grows and is destroyed in interstellar space.
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Episode 56: Our supermassive black hole
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration has unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy!
We are joined by Dr Iniyan Natarajan who is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Witwatersrand and who was part of the team of over 300 astronomers who made this possible.
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Episode 55: A Trip Down Under (Re-run)
An oldie but a goodie - re-run of Episode 11. Jacinta takes us on a tour of her homeland, into the Australian bush, and chats about pathfinders, precursor telescopes and exciting collaborations between South Africa and Australia in the lead up to the Square Kilometre Array!
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Episode 54: The African Network of Women in Astronomy
In this week's episode we are joined by fours members of the board of the recently established African Network of Women in Astronomy (AfNWA).
AfNWA is an initiative that aims to connect women working in astronomy and related fields in Africa. AfNWA aims to guarantee the future participation of girls and women at all levels in astronomy and science developments in Africa.
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Episode 53: Space Lasers!
A powerful, naturally occurring “space laser”, called a megamaser, has been discovered with South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope in a galaxy nearly five billion light-years away.
We speak with the lead researcher Dr. Marcin Glowacki and team-lead Associate Professor Sarah Blyth.
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Informative and Engaging
Interesting discussions of astronomy in Africa by really engaging and likeable hosts.
its very good and a must listen, thanks to you all
Interesting, Informative and Concise
This is a clear and concise podcast about an assortment of topics in space! The science is interesting and clearly communicated in a way that everyone can understand. What more do you want?! Absolutely fascinating!