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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that the orbital period of the asteroid Dimorphos around its parent asteroid Didymos has successfully been altered after it impacted with the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft at 1:14 am SAST on 27 September 2022,......

The South African Astronomical Observatory invites foundation phase learners, grades R-3, and intermediate phase learners, grades 4-7, to enter our AstroArt competition. Learners can send in an A4 drawing of anything astronomy related. It can be the moon with its craters, the solar system, planets,......

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO), the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is launching a contest to name 20 exoplanetary systems that will be observed by JWST. Anyone, including students and teachers, astronomy enthusiasts, amateur astronomers and exoplanetary scientists, may......

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the University of Canterbury’s Mount John Observatory in New Zealand have recently discovered a system of four stars orbiting each other. After initially being identified in 2017 as part of the Gaia-European Southern Observatory (ESO) Survey, careful observations......

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......

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SAAO Cape Town Open Night

Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This week's talk: Prof Jose Beltran, University of Salamanca - Spain  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.…

SAAO Cape Town Open Night

Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This week's talk: Christian Hettlage 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 given an…

SAAO Cape Town Open Night

14th Jan 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This week's talk: TBC 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 given an introduction…

SAAO Cape Town Open Night

28th Jan 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This week's talk: Nicolas Erasmus 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 given an…

SAAO Cape Town Open Night

11th Feb 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This week's talk: TBC 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 given an introduction…

SAAO Cape Town Open Night

25th Feb 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This week's talk: Danièl Groenewald 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 given an…

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