Press Releases


SALT’s excellence and achievements recognised by DST

12 December 2016
View of the Southern African Large Telescope

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) welcomes the 2016 Science Diplomacy Award given by the Department of Science and Technology as a result of the telescope consistently contributing to globally significant discoveries in astronomy. Science dip …

Eta Carinae: Violent stellar wind collision in the binary star monster

19 October 2016
Left: Eta Carinae’s Homunculus nebula. Right: High resolution image of the wind collision zone in the central region of Eta Carinae. This region is about 100 times larger than the diameter of each of the two stars. The yellow ellipse is the binary orbit. The two red dots indicate the positions of the two stars at the time of observation. 
Credit: ESO (left) and Gerd Weigelt (right)

Eta Carinae is a massive, bright stellar binary system. The more massive component is one of the largest and most luminous stars known. In the central region of the binary, the powerful stellar winds from both stars collide at speeds up to 10 million k …

SAAO ranked among the top ten research institutions in Africa

12 September 2016

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is among the top ten research institutions in Africa for Physical Sciences according to the Nature Index for the year covering 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. Each year, Nature, one of the best science jou …