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Let’s talk about space

Let’s talk about space

Astronomer and Deputy Director of the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S), Mathieu de Naurois will be giving a space talk on Cosmic Rays, at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, on 19 October at 19:00.

Naurois is a research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and professor at the Ecole Polytechnique, specializing in very high-energy gamma-ray astronomy, the Namibia Scientific Society said in a statement.

“This very recent branch of gamma-ray astronomy uses very large, extremely fast telescopes to observe the brief, faint light trail (Cherenkov emission) left in the atmosphere by the cascades of particles generated when a very high-energy gamma-ray interacts with a nucleus in the upper atmosphere,” they added.

They said that his activities have focused on the start-up and operations of the H.E.S.S Atmospheric Cherenkov telescope network, located in Namibia and operated by an international collaboration of nearly 200 researchers.

“He has participated in the identification and interpretation of gamma-ray emission from numerous celestial objects, such as binary systems, galaxies with stellar outbursts, and supernova remnants,” they said.

The society said he led the H.E.S.S collaboration between 2016 and 2019 and is still its deputy director, he is also a member of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) collaboration that will take over from H.E.S.S, and in 2017 was awarded the CNRS silver medal for his contributions to gamma-ray astronomy.


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