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Southern African Large Telescope reveals too large a black hole

29 September 2015
active galactic nucleus

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), Africa’s most powerful eye on the sky, has been used to discover a supermassive black hole in the centre of a modest galaxy, SAGE0536AGN. All but the smallest galaxies are thought to harbour a black hole, bu …

The SALT Science Conference 2015

12 June 2015

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) Foundation and South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) are delighted with the success of the SALT Science Conference 2015 held in Stellenbosch from the 1st to the 5th June. The programme was jam-packed …

In with the new: Astronomers can now drive research telescopes using their smartphone!

20 May 2015

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) has been a hive of activity lately with astronomers and engineers busily upgrading and improving the observatory‚Äôs smaller telescopes. To keep these telescopes internationally competitive the SAAO has i …