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As part of the SAAO 200 year celebrations, the SAAO and SciFest Africa launched the SAAO 200 Astrophotography competition. The astrophotography competition allowed six categories: deep sky, shallow sky, planets, moon, milky way and constellation. The winners will have their pictures on display as part......

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......

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