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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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Asteroid!

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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Celebration of the McClean restoration

On Saturday the 24th of March 2012 there was a special open night held at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) celebrating the recent renovation of the historic McClean telescope located in the observatory grounds. Dr Ian Glass was the guest speaker and talked about the history of the McClean telescope, which was built in […]

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