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Guided Tours in Sutherland are now open, please note only the following tours will be available:

Day Tours, Mondays – Saturdays 10:30 and 14:30, maximum of 12 people per tour including children

Evening Tours, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, maximum of 15 people per tour including children

All the other tours remain suspended.

Since the building and commissioning of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), Sutherland has become an interesting destination among tourists who are looking for edutainment. The town’s accommodation and restaurant offering has also developed tremendously to meet tourist’s needs. This has contributed to a steady......

As part of its 200 year anniversary celebrations the South African Astronomical Observatory hereby invites all foundation phase learners, grades R to 3, to enter our AstroArt competition. Learners can send in an A4 drawing of anything Astronomy related.  It can be the moon with its craters,......

We are pleased to announce the publication of a special astronomy edition of the NRF’s Science Matters magazine. This has been produced in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the SAAO. As we reach the milestone of 200 hundred years of astronomy research in South Africa,......

Today, 19 October 2020, saw the premiere of the highly anticipated locally produced planetarium film ‘Rising Star’ at the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome nestled in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa. The film was supported by the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and......

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Sthabile Kolwa – The cold CGM emerging through trace neutral carbon detections in high-z radio galaxies

Mar 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 18 March 2021 Dr Sthabile Kolwa (UJ) The cold CGM emerging through trace neutral carbon detections in high-z radio galaxies The ionised phase of the circumgalactic medium in high-z galaxies has been widely studied through spectroscopic observations that reveal Ly-alpha emission nebulae surrounding such…

Federica Bianco – TBD

Mar 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 25 March 2021 Dr Federica Bianco (University of Delaware, US) TBD https://list.saao.ac.za/wws/subscribe/saaotalks

Rajeev Manick – Discovery of a long period binary in a pre-planetary nebula

Apr 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 1 April 2021 Dr Rajeev Manick (SAAO) Discovery of a long period binary in a pre-planetary nebula Current models predict that a binary nucleus is an essential ingredient in producing bipolar structures seen among pre-planetary nebulae (PPNe). Despite years of attempts to detect binaries…

Chandreyee Maitra – X-raying the Magellanic Clouds: A roadmap from XMM to eROSITA

Apr 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 8 April 2021 Dr Chandreyee Maitra (MPE, US) X-raying the Magellanic Clouds: A roadmap from XMM to eROSITA The Magellanic Clouds are an ideal site to study X-ray source population of a galaxy including supernova remnants, high mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs) and super-soft sources.…

Tshiamiso Makwela – Astronomy Education Research: towards teaching for diversity and inclusivity in South Africa

Apr 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 15 April 2021 Tshiamiso Makwela (UCT) Astronomy Education Research: towards teaching for diversity and inclusivity in South Africa South Africa has chosen Astronomy as one of its flagship sciences exploiting the geographical advantage of the southern skies. However, professional Astronomy is not well known…

Ajil Kottayil – The Science of Atmospheric Sounding from Space

Apr 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 29 April 2021 Dr Ajil Kottayil (Cochin University of Science and Technology, India) The Science of Atmospheric Sounding from Space Satellite datasets play a vital role in monitoring the day-to-day weather activities over the globe, and atmospheric datasets generated from them have huge applications…

Nicole Thomas – The radio galaxy population in the SIMBA simulations

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 13 May 2021 Nicole Thomas (UWC) The radio galaxy population in the SIMBA simulations https://list.saao.ac.za/wws/subscribe/saaotalks

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