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Our new 1-metre telescope has a name – Lesedi

5 May 2017

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) has concluded the naming competition for its new 1-metre telescope; a recent addition to the many national and international telescopes on our observing plateau near Sutherland, in the Northern Cape. Si …

New highly inflated exoplanet spotted around nearby star

19 April 2017

Researchers at the South African Astronomical Observatory and others from around the world, found a new exoplanet orbiting a star 320 light years away. The planet, called KELT-11b, is a gas giant similar to Jupiter and Saturn. However, KELT-11b is very …

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 …