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Dodging Asteroids

1 May 2018

On a regular basis, various space debris, including sometimes threatening asteroids, comes close to or impacts the Earth. For example, in October 2017 asteroid 2012 TC4 passed by the Earth approximately 1/8th the distance between us and the moon. While …

Observing the fast and the furious: SAAO observes the first optical counterpart of a Gravitational Wave source

22 January 2018

Following on from the major global announcement in October 2017 on the discovery of the first electromagnetic counterpart of a gravitational wave source, named GW170817, this new paper has just been published on observations undertaken at the South Afr …

SALT and SAAO telescopes investigate the origin of the first detection of gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars.

16 October 2017

       SALT and SAAO telescopes partake in an unprecedented international collaboration to investigate the origin of the first detection of gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars. The discovery marks the birth of a new era in astro …