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The following astrophysical topics will be covered in the lectures:

  • Solar system science
  • Galactic astronomy: variable stars and binary systems
  • Origin and evolution of galaxies
  • Cosmology
  • Modern telescopes, instrumentation and observing techniques

In addition, there will be practical workshops on Virtual Observatory and Python programming.

Teams of students will conduct observations using various telescopes at SAAO, Sutherland, and work together on data analysis and reductions.

Cultural and recreational activities are planned for the weekends.


  • Dr. Sudhanshu Barway, SAAO
  • Prof. Claude Carignan, University of Cape Town
  • Dr. Steve Crawford, SAAO/SALT
  • Prof. Jean-Pierre De Greve, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, IAU
  • Prof. Michel Dennefeld, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris and University of Paris 6
  • Prof. Michele Gerbaldi, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
  • Dr. Amanda Gulbis, SAAO/SALT
  • Prof. Kam-Ching Leung, University of Nebraska
  • Prof. Roy Maartens, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Kartik Sheth, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Dr. Petri Vaisanen, SAAO/SALT
  • Prof. Patrick A. Woudt, University of Cape Town
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