Podcaster: Dr Jacinta Delhaize and Dr Daniel Cunnama ; Guest: Dr Moses Mogotsi

Title: Cosmic Savannah – Ep. 35: Rising Stars

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This week we feature some rising stars in African Astronomy!

We’re joined by high school learners Indiphile Madletyana and Thabo Maliea who both show great promise as aspiring astronomers, as well as Masters students Sumari Hattingh and Reikantseone Diretse who discuss studies of galaxy clusters using the Hubble Space Telescope. Check out the show notes at for related links, pics, info and the full transcript.

Bio: Dr Jacinta Delhaize and Dr Daniel Cunnama are astronomers based in Cape Town, South Africa. Jacinta is a Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town. She spends her time using huge radio telescopes to study gas and black holes in distant galaxies. Daniel is the Science Engagement Astronomer at the South African Astronomical Observatory. He likes to use large supercomputers to create simulations of galaxies. Both Jacinta and Daniel love to promote the incredible astronomy happening across the African continent.

Indiphile Madletyana, a high school student from Hermanus, South Africa. Indiphile, inspired by the AstroQuiz competition, has taken his love of astronomy to the public by creating his own videos explaining astronomy concepts. His channel is called AstroLearnTV.

Thabo Maliea who excelled in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists and recently won an award at the 2021 Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF). Thabo talks about his experience, and his plans to study astronomy at the University of Cape Town.

Reikantseone Diretse from the University of Cape Town and Sumari Hattingh from North-West University.

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