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SAAO/ASSA to host lunar eclipse viewing

24 July 2018

During the evening of Friday, 27 July, one of nature’s grandest spectacles will be on display across southern Africa as the full Moon slips into the Earth’s shadow, a total lunar eclipse. Professional astronomers from the South African Astronomical Obs …

SALT sees double in The Hourglass Nebula

28 May 2018

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland has discovered a binary star system in The Hourglass Nebula, one of the most famous nebulae captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hourg …

Inauguration of the MeerLICHT telescope

25 May 2018

On Friday May 25 – Africa Day 2018 – a new telescope has been inaugurated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), near Sutherland, that will be an “eye of the MeerKAT radio array”, the country’s precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SK …