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A Sutherland robotic telescope spots an extrasolar planet

18 May 2016

A Sutherland based robotic telescope KELT-South spotted an extrasolar planet KELT-10b during its routine observations. KELT-South (Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope – South) is dedicated to the search of transiting planets orbiting especially brigh …

Astronomers pinpoint echoes of ancient exploding star on our stellar doorstep

28 April 2016
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Breakthrough for astronomers from UCT and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) A team of astronomers has identified a rare star that exploded around 1,500 years ago. At the time, the star would have outshone all the stars of the Orion constellat …

SA astronomers help discover hidden galaxies behind Milky Way

9 February 2016
An annotated artist's impression showing radio waves travelling from the new galaxies, then passing through the Milky Way and arriving at the Parkes radio telescope on Earth (not to scale). Credit: ICRAR

UCT Professor Renée Kraan-Korteweg and Dr Anja Schröder of SAAO among lead authors of breakthrough paper Hi-res images and animations available from An international team of scientists that includes a leading astron …