Press Releases


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’s smaller telescopes. To keep these telescopes internationally competitive the SAAO has i …

Possible ring system found around a minor planet

24 April 2015

Astronomers detect features around Chiron that may signal rings, jets, or a shell of dust. Astronomers at the the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA have recently detected what may be ring …

First South African Comet Discovery in 37 Years

13 April 2015

In the early hours of the 7th April, an un-manned robotic telescope, MASTER-SAAO, situated near Sutherland in the Karoo, discovered a new comet. This is the first comet to be discovered in South Africa since 1978.  The Russian – South African run teles …