The Cosmic Savannah: S5E62 - Behind the scenes of the SKAO with Phil Diamond
Tshia

Welcome to The Cosmic Savannah with Dr. Tshiamiso Makwela,

Jacinta

Dr. Jacinta Delhaize,

Dan

and Dr. Daniel Cunnama. Each episode, we'll be giving you a behind the scenes look at world class astronomy and astrophysics happening under African skies.

Tshia

Let us introduce you to the people involved, the technology we use, the exciting work we do, and the fascinating discoveries we make.

Jacinta

Sit back and relax as we take you on a safari through the skies.

Tshia

Hello and welcome to today's episode. And in today's episode, our guest is none other than Professor Phil Diamond, who is the Director General of the SKAO, so the Square Kilometre Array Observatory. And this interview is more like a part three of the series, like this mini series that's been going on where both Daniel and Jacinta went to the commencement ceremonies in Australia and South Africa, respectively.

And so, Jacinta managed to catch up with Professor Phil Diamond to talk more about what this construction commencement ceremony. Why is it so important? Why do we need it? And why do we do this to connect with the people of the places where we are constructing our telescopes and our most amazing sciences will be coming from them.

Jacinta

That's right. Thanks for the great intro, Tshiamiso.

Dan

Excellent intro.

Jacinta

So, as you have heard, if you've listened to the previous two episodes, the SKA telescope, which is a massive new radio telescope, which has been in the planning for 30 years, is finally starting construction. And so Dan and I went to the construction commencement ceremonies in December, and we've been having a few episodes on the audio that Dan recorded in South Africa.

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