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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......

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......

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SAAO Cape Town Open Night

Aug 27 @ 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…

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