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SALT tests a high accuracy and high precision calibration ruler for its High Resolution Spectrograph

30 May 2016
Laser Frequency Comb

Since last week, the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in Sutherland has been testing a Laser Frequency Comb, which is a calibration device that uses powerful lasers and photonic crystal fibres to produce the equivalent of a ruler that is both ex …

A Sutherland robotic telescope spots an extrasolar planet

18 May 2016
KELT-South

A Sutherland based robotic telescope KELT-South spotted an extrasolar planet KELT-10b during its routine observations. KELT-South (Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope – South) is dedicated to the search of transiting planets orbiting especially brigh …

Astronomers pinpoint echoes of ancient exploding star on our stellar doorstep

28 April 2016
Colour image of Te 11

Breakthrough for astronomers from UCT and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) A team of astronomers has identified a rare star that exploded around 1,500 years ago. At the time, the star would have outshone all the stars of the Orion constellat …