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Catching a Glimpse of New Horizons

3 June 2017

In the early hours of the morning on 03 June 2017, while most locals are sleeping, dozens of astronomers across South Africa will be looking up at the night sky in hopes of viewing a shadow from a mysterious, distant object.  They are part of a large, …

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 …