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INVITATION: Discovery of Gravitational Waves


The National Research Foundation, in partnership with the Swedish Embassy, cordially invites you to attend this year’s Nobel Inspired lecture in Physics by Professor Petri Väisänen, Director of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) which operates the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). In this lecture, Prof Väisänen, who was part of the international team of scientists that witnessed the discovery of the gravitational waves and the stellar explosion that caused it, will explore what this new find means for the development of Big Science and the future of Multi Messenger Astronomy in South Africa.
Date: Tuesday, 2 October 2018
Time: 14:30 for 15:00
Venue: SAAO Auditorium, Observatory Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925
RSVP deadline: Wednesday, 25 September 2018 (RSVP essential) 
For inquiries, contact 
Lerato Mpetshwa – lerato.mpetshwa@nrf.ac.za

About the Speaker
Prof Väisänen is an NRF-rated astronomer with extensive experience in different observational and data reduction and analysis methods across multiple wavelength regions and multiple observatories. He is internationally recognized and enjoys membership of many international organisations such as the International Astronomical Union, and the International Society of Optics and Photonics.


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