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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 …

SAAO / LIVING MATHS live Google+ Hangout to celebrate Comet Siding Spring’s close encounter with Mars.

16 October 2014

On the 19th of October at 20:28 SAST Comet Siding Spring is due to make a close flyby of Mars, passing at a distance of just 140,000 km, or about one third of the distance between the Earth and our Moon. This is ten times closer than any known comet ha …

The mysterious shell of dense gas encircling Betelgeuse prompts an investigation

11 August 2014
Betelgeuse's complex environment

Betelgeuse is a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion, located approximately 600 light years from us, and is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. It is a colossal star with a radius about 1000 times that of our own sun; if it were a …