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Astrophysics students in South Africa

17th July 2009

Three astrophysics degree students have recently returned from a trip to South Africa, where the University has invested in the Southern African Large Telescope. As well as touring SALT, they carried out observations on research-class telescopes, visited amazing and historic sites around South Africa and spoke to children in a number of schools.

With Professor Gordon Bromage and recent Astronomy PhD graduate Dr Hannah Worters acting as guides, Clare Wilde [BSc(Hons) Astrophysics], Kelly Hambleton [BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics] and Daniel Holdsworth [MPhys(Hons) Astrophysics]went to Robben Island and took telescopes along to Boston School, showing children there some of the delights of southern skies. This opportunity for UCLan Astrophysics degree students to visit South Africa is expected to become an annual event.

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