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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.

The SAAO offers students the opportunity to work with leading researchers on cutting edge astronomy and instrumentation projects. These cover observational and theoretical aspects of stellar and extragalactic astronomy, astronomical instrumentation and computer modelling. Many projects involve combining and analysing data from different wavelengths, e.g. optical......

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......

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Kelebogile Bonokwane – SALT and TESS monitoring of central stars of planetary nebulae

Jun 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 17 June 2021 Kelebogile Bonokwane (SAAO/UCT) SALT and TESS monitoring of central stars of planetary nebulae Planetary Nebulae (PNe) are the product of Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) evolution. Evolved from Solar-like intermediate mass stars (0.8 -- 8 M_sun), they have a hot, radiating core…

Petro Janse van Rensburg: TBD

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

Thursday 24 June 2021 Petro Janse van Rensburg (SAAO/UCT) TBD

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