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A neighbourhood star’s close shave with our solar system

17 February 2015

Astronomers identify the closest known flyby of a star other than the Sun to Earth. The star likely passed through the Oort Cloud of comets at the edge of our solar system 70,000 years ago. Astronomers from the South African Astronomical Observatory (S …

SAAO donates 0.5 m and 0.75 m telescopes to UFS Boyden Observatory and UKZN

2 February 2015
The dome of the 0.75 m telescope in Sutherland

South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland will be abuzz with excitement and celebration on February 4-5 as SAAO hands over the 0.5 and 0.75 metre telescopes to their proud new owners, the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and the Uni …

First Light and Science Operations begin with MASTER-SAAO in Sutherland

21 December 2014
MASTER-SAAO image of the Eta Carina region

On 2014 December 21, first light was obtained and a primary sky survey was started on a wide field telescope-robot MASTER-SAAO, located on the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Sutherland. Thus, the first robotic astronomical complex MASTE …