Kenya Unit 1

Published 3 January 2018

Professor Peter Wilkinson and Dr Althea Wilkinson, University of Manchester, UK

20 November - 1 December 2017

Technical University of Kenya, Kenya 

Twelve students and one TUK staff member attended the Unit 1 training at the Technical University of Kenya in Nairobi from 20 November to 1 December 2017. To suit their differing backgrounds the course struck a balance between the essentials of astrophysics and an introduction to radio astronomy concepts. The latter was backed up with practical demonstrations of the radio frequency "interference" environment in a busy city and how radio astronomers calibrate their receivers. A trip to the Longonot site in the Rift Valley was much appreciated by all. Climbing over the 32m antenna provided stunning views (Althea was able to tell how she had walked around the Longonot crater as a young girl along with her geologist father) and was a reminder of how big even "medium sized" radio telescopes are.