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Africa and Astronomy... Dr. G.C. MacLeod, HartRAO, S.Africa

Friday, April 13, 2018
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Gordon C. MacLeod

Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory
Krugersdorp, South Africa

“Africa and Astronomy: Economic Development thru Science”


I’ve been fortunate to work in various countries in Africa since 1991 and much of the time in either astronomy research or policy development. In terms of research I will present results of HartRAO’s long-term maser monitoring program, focusing on two sources (G351.78-0.54 and NGC6334I) that confound our present understanding of masers. The results of this program, in particular the discovery of periodic methanol masers, have led to a renascence of under-utilized, small, single-dish radio telescopes and the advent of the African VLBI Network. This presents an opportunity for economic development in developing countries. Lastly, I present the exciting prospects of tourism through astronomy atop Mount Kilimanjaro, we bill as “the last great site to be tested before we go to the Moon.”

STUDENTS – after the talk, you’re encouraged to return to the 2nd floor Atrium lounge to meet with the speaker.
COFFEE – coffee and cookies will be available in the 2nd floor Atrium lounge at 1:15 p.m.
CELL PHONES – as a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!

Prof. M. Houde
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
519-661-2111 ext.86438
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