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Prospective MSc and PhD students can join astronomers at the South African Astronomical Observatory to explore the universe. Details of how to apply for bursaries and of projects on offer are described on the projects page If you are an interested student, don’t hesitate to......

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) recently demonstrated significant advancements in their observational capabilities, highlighted by the swift and successful study of an X-ray transient event. A new paper, led by Stephen B. Potter, underscores the collaborative efforts and......

The Rising Star Project is an outreach initiative in which postgraduate students (and any other volunteers) tutor Grade 12 physics/chemistry learners at Thandokhulu High School in Mowbray. The tutoring sessions run once a week, at the school. The project was initiated at the start of......

In a groundbreaking discovery, observations made during a stellar occultation by the 1.9-meter telescope at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have revealed evolving material orbiting around the enigmatic Centaur (2060) Chiron. This revelation challenges previous interpretations of Chiron’s structure, indicating dynamic changes rather than......

South African Astronomer Dr. Vanessa McBride has achieved a remarkable milestone by being appointed Science Director at the International Science Council (ISC), based in Paris. This prestigious position recognizes her significant contributions to the scientific community, particularly her work with the Office of Astronomy for......

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SAAO Cape Town Open Night

July 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The SAAO Open Nights in Cape Town take place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 20:00. All Open Nights will start with a presentation on topics of astronomy or physics. Then, visitors will be given an introduction to the historic McClean…

#AfricaLookUp Cultural Exchange Evening

August 5 - August 16

We invite you to participate in our cultural showcase event, celebrating the diverse connections between various cultures and astronomy. Whether through storytelling, song, dance, or other creative expressions, we welcome you to share how astronomy is interwoven with your cultural heritage. This event will be…

Celebrating Women in Space Science and Astronomy at IAU-GA2024

August 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Entry is free, but please click here to book your tickets. Tickets will be required to enter the venue. For more info:

Astronomers’ Got Other Talents

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Calling all cosmic performers to showcase your talents! Get ready to showcase your stellar skills at the upcoming Talent Show during the IAU-GA2024. Whether you’re a star at singing, a master of dance, a wizard with words, comedian, or have any other talent, this is…

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