Where Can I Study Astronomy In South Africa

What is Astronomy?

Astronomy is a natural science that studies celestial objects and the phenomena that occur in the cosmos. It uses mathematics, physics, and chemistry to explain their origin and their overall evolution. Objects of interest include planets, moons, stars, nebulae, galaxies, meteoroids, asteroids, and comets.

Where Can I Study Astronomy In South Africa

  • The¬†National Astronomy and Space Science Programme
    (run by a consortium of institutions)
    University of Cape Town, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
    Private Bag Rondebosch 7701
    Tel: (021) 650-2344/650-2334, Fax: (021) 650-2334
  • University of Cape Town
    Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town
    Private Bag Rondebosch 7700,
    Tel: (021) 650-3342, Fax: (021) 650-3342
  • University of the Free State
    Department of Physics, University of the Free State
    PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300,
    Tel: (051) 401-2926/6158
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
    School of Pure and Applied Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal
    Durban 4041, Tel: (031) 260-2775, Fax: (031) 261-6550
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg
    School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal
    Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209
    Tel: (033) 260-5326, Fax: (033) 260-5009
  • North-West University
    School of Physics, North-West University
    Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom 2520
    Tel: (018) 299-2423, Fax: (018) 299-2421
  • Rhodes University
    Department of Physics and Electronics, Rhodes University
    PO Box 94, Grahamstown 6140,
    Tel: (046) 603-8450, Fax: (046) 622-5049
  • University of South Africa
    Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Astronomy
    PO Box 392, UNISA 0003
    Tel: (012) 429-6202, Fax: (012) 429-6064
  • University of Stellenbosch
    Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Stellenbosch
    Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602
    Tel: (021) 808-4368, Fax: (021) 808-4981
  • University of the Witwatersrand
    School of Computational and Applied Mathematics
    Private Bag-3, Wits-2050, Johannesburg
    Tel: (011) 717-6138, Fax: (011) 717-6149.

What subjects do you need to be an astronomer in South Africa?

degree in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering, or a specific undergraduate astronomy degree such as offered at the University of Cape Town or UNISA.

Other recommended subjects at university: Pure and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Electronics and Chemistry.

Is astronomy in demand in South Africa?

South African and African Jobs

Opportunities in South Africa are especially good with two multi-million rand astronomy projects in progress: the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the South African Square Kilometre Array Project (SA SKA), which includes the Karoo Array Telescope (MeerKAT).