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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.

2020 marked the 200 years anniversary of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). As part of its celebrations, the SAAO is giving away ten R 20,000 bursaries to university students from the Northern Cape. These bursaries are intended to assist with needs like text books,......

Combined observations by eROSITA, the main instrument aboard the Spectrum-Röntgen-Gamma (SRG) satellite, and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) have led to an important discovery.  Two apparently normal galaxies observed by eROSITA during its all-sky survey show quasi-periodic X-ray eruptions, despite them appearing to be......

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,......

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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

Iniyan Natarajan – M87: The Ring in Polarised Light

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 27 May 2021 Dr Iniyan Natarajan (Wits/SARAO) M87: The Ring in Polarised Light The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a global very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) network imaging supermassive black holes at horizon scales at 1.3-mm wavelength. I will present the recently published polarised-light…

Petro Janse van Rensburg: TBD

Jun 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 24 June 2021 Petro Janse van Rensburg (SAAO/UCT) TBD https://list.saao.ac.za/wws/subscribe/saaotalks

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