Press Releases


SAAO helps to reveal seven new Earth-sized planets

24 February 2017
Artist's impression of the TRAPPIST-1 system

A new system of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star 40 light years away has been discovered using data from South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) telescope, as well as other instruments around the world. Three of these planets are located …

A robotic all-sky monitor to observe one star for one year

21 February 2017

For a period spanning 200 days from April 2017 extending up to January 2018 astronomers will observe beta Pictoris, the second brightest star in the constellation Pictor to detect rings from the planet beta Pictoris b. Beta Pictoris is a star located 6 …

SAAO’s New 1 Metre Telescope Needs A Name

26 January 2017

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is running a telescope naming competition for its new 1 metre telescope which is a recent addition to the collection of many national and international telescopes on our observing plateau near Sutherlan …