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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

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Deadline: 26 of May 2021   Introduction Since 2014 CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva, and Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council have worked together to foster experimentation through the arts in connection with fundamental science. In 2021 CERN and Pro Helvetia are launching......

As part of its 200 year anniversary celebrations the SAAO invites all teachers to enter our Teaching Earth and Beyond competition. The aim is to showcase teachers who have implemented innovative ways of bringing this important field across to their learners. To enter the competition......

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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Sarah White – The G4Jy sample of AGN

Apr 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 22 April 2021 Sarah White (SARAO, Rhodes) The G4Jy sample of AGN Powerful active galactic nuclei (AGN) feature heavily in our understanding of galaxy evolution. However, when it comes to studying their properties as a function of redshift and/or environment, the most-detailed studies tend…

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…

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

May 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 6 May 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…

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

Erik Høg – The road from meridian circles to Gaia and beyond

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 20 May 2021 Erik Høg (Copenhagen) The road from meridian circles to Gaia and beyond Coming soon... https://list.saao.ac.za/wws/subscribe/saaotalks

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