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Due to the COVID-19 virus, all visits, tours and open nights have been cancelled until further notice both in Sutherland and in Cape Town. The visitors centre in Sutherland is closed. Please email or phone 076 900 0308 if you have any queries regarding bookings and tours for Sutherland. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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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......

The SAAO will, in October 2020, celebrate 200 years of existence as an astronomical observatory. We’re proud to announce the SAAO 200 Virtual Symposium which will be a fully virtual, interactive experience, live-streamed from Tuesday, 20 October through Friday, 23 October. This occasion grants us......

On Sunday 20 September 2020 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet Center announced the discovery of a comet (magnitude ~18.5) by SAAO Astronomer Dr Nicolas Erasmus. The discovery was made from four 30 second exposures taken on Sep 17 UT by ATLAS-MLO at Mauna......

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SEADS: Jean Greyling – Touching the code – expanding learners’ career horizons

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

Thursday 29 October 2020 11:00 SAST REGISTER HERE: This seminar forms part of the Science Engagement and Development Seminars (SEADS), and is hosted by UWC and IDIA. Prof. Jean Greyling (NMMU)  Touching the code – expanding learners’ career horizons. Software Development has been identified…

David Buckley – Explosive transients

Nov 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 5 November 2020 Dr David Buckley Explosive Transients! Abstract coming soon... Please subscribe to our mailing list for talks and reminders:

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