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We are happy to announce we are able to offer full tours once again.

Please note that from 1 March 2022, all individuals over 12 years old will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to gain access to the SAAO facilities in both Cape Town and Sutherland. This is in keeping with the NRF Guidelines which strives to provide a safe working environment for all employees.

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Prospective MSc and PhD students can join astronomers at the South African Astronomical Observatory to explore the universe. Details of how to apply for bursaries and of projects on offer are described on the projects page. If you are an interested student, don’t hesitate to contact......

A team of scientists from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Michigan State University (MSU), and the University of Miami (UM) have created novel 3D simulations to investigate how dying stars interact with their environment and nearby planets. The team created simulations of the interaction......

Astronomers have used a planet-hunting satellite to see a white dwarf abruptly switching on and off for the first time. The team observed the phenomenon in the white dwarf binary system, TW Pictoris, which is found about 1,400 light-years from Earth. It was discovered over......

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SAAO Cape Town Open Night

May 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SOLD OUT! This week's talk: Sabyasachi Chattopadhyay The SAAO Open Nights in Cape Town take place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 20:00. All Open Nights will start with a presentation on topics of astronomy or physics. Then, visitors will be…

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