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HRS Arrives and installation is underway

Sometime on the 3rd of September a truck drove right past SALT and tried to deliver a High Resolution Spectrograph to the neighbouring KMTNet construction site. Happily we were able to convince  the driver to turn around and come back to SALT. A blow-by-blow account of the action can be found on the SALT Astro […]

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Planet Formation in Dense Star Clusters

Henry Throop Momday, 2 September, 11:00 – 12:00, SAAO Auditorium Our Solar System’s closest stellar neighbors are several light years away, and most models of the Solar System’s formation assume that we have been isolated from other stars. But a growing body of evidence suggests that most stars and planets form in star clusters far […]

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SA Astroinformatics Alliance Launched

Astronomical agreement signed for big data! 2 August 2013, Cape Town – The National Research Foundation’s (NRF) three astronomical facilities have formed the South African Astroinformatics Alliance (SA3  pronounced “SA cubed”), which serves as a virtual observatory for the country. The directors of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) and the […]

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First Remote Observing run at SAAO

On the nights of 12 & 13 July 2013, a new era of observing was ushered in at the SAAO. Astronomers Dr. Marissa Kotze and Dr. Amanda Gulbis hosted inaugural sessions of remote observing for the SHOC instrument on the 74″ telescope. The telescope was awarded to Dr. Kotze for a full week to observe […]

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A call for proposals

A new call for proposals has been issued for the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). Astronomers working in South Africa or at any of the international SALT partners have until 1 August to request observing time for the period from 1 November 2013 to 30 April 2014. All the submitted proposals will be assessed by […]

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Chasing Asteroid 1998 QE2

Asteroid 1998 QE2 passed the Earth by the other day. The SAAO was part of an international effort to record its passing. This video was filmed and produced by Kai Staats.

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Sutherland snow storm

The first proper cold front of the season is battering the western parts of the country and Sutherland is no exception. Winds have been gusting above 80Kph and we have had a relatively heavy snowfall as you can see from these pictures by Sutherland resident and SALT Electronics technician, Amanda V. Green.

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SAAO to capture live footage of Asteroid 1998 QE2 as it makes a close flyby to Earth On May 31, 2013, asteroid 1998 QE2 will pass by Earth, at a distance no closer than about 5.8 million kilometers, or about 15 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. The asteroid, which was discovered on […]

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Service observing announcement

Announcement of Service Observing The SAAO announces that a new program of service observing is now available. This program gives observers the opportunity to propose observations that do not fit into the one-week blocks of normal scheduled observing. Service observations will be carried out by scheduled observers when they have gaps in their own programs. […]

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SAAO Welcomes a New Director

Professor Ted Williams will be taking over the reins at the SAAO in January 2013. Ted will be joining us from Rutgers University, New Jersey, US, where he is currently a Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department. Ted is a distinguished researcher within the department and has served as director of the department’s Graduate […]

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