Dual Spindle Workstation – NRF/SAAO/2018/020

The SAAO is looking to appoint a reputable supplier to supply a dual spindle workstation. The contract is inclusive of supply, delivery and commissioning of the new workstation as well as training of three staff members. The SAAO operates a state of the art mechanical workshop that is used to produce high quality equipment and […]

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Solar Installation

The SAAO is looking to appoint a reputable company to design and install a solar installation which will be used as a supplement for electrical supply to the site. Sutherland has one of the highest UV throughputs in the country and the installation will contribute to the reduction of the organisations reliance on fossil fuels. The […]

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SAAO helps to reveal the origins of fundamental structures in the wind of the supergiant star Zeta Puppis

A Canadian-led international team of astronomers recently discovered for the first time observational evidence in how some features at the surface of the hot massive supergiant star Zeta Puppis induce the formation of fundamental structures in its wind. The research team used the network of nano satellites of the BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) mission to […]

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CCD work begins on the WiNCam instrument

In the past week, a milestone was reached on the WiNCam (Wide-field Nasmyth Camera) instrument. This is an imaging camera system to be mounted on the new 1-m Lesedi telescope in Sutherland. It allows a wide field of imaging, 43-arcmin diameter, with a standard suite of astronomical filters. Notably, this is the largest charge-coupled device […]

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The DST handover of mobile labs in Sutherland 16 February 2017

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) donated two mobile laboratories to Roggeveld Primary School and Sutherland High School, that will provide hands-on activities and experiences to learners who never had access to such facilities before. The labs are equipped with science apparatus and chemicals to enable teachers and learners to conduct prescribed school experiments.

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Solar eclipse viewing on 1 September 2016

Our outreach team participated in the solar eclipse viewing at different locations. Some of us were at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Roggeveld Intemediate and Sutherland High school while others were in Limpopo for teacher workshops, an event that was complemented by the partial solar eclipse event.

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Sutherland Careers Expo from 27 June till 1 July 2016

The SA Astronomical Observatory hosted its first science careers expo at the Sutherland Church Hall at the beginning of the June school holidays – Monday, June 27 till Friday, July 1. Present were the following institutions, some showcasing different careers, while others offered scientific demonstration like,  iThemba Labs, University of South Africa (UNISA), South African […]

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First Light for SAAO’s new telescope

SAAO has a brand new 1-metre telescope in Sutherland! We began the installation with the manufacturing team from APM Telescopes on Tuesday 2 August and by Friday the telescope had seen First Light. We are busy commissioning and characterising the telescope, whose first generation instrument will be SHOC. The project is led by Dr. Hannah […]

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Here come the Trojans (asteroids, that is)

The 74” telescope in Sutherland was employed at the end of February 2016 to observe faint, small bodies in our Solar System. SAAO Astronomer Dr. Amanda Sickafoose,  visiting planetary astronomer Dr. Andrew Rivkin (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory), and SAAO postdoctoral researcher Dr. Nicolas Erasmus spent time on the 74” telescope, using the SHOC […]

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Supplier Registration

If you or your company would like to register as a supplier with the South African Astronomical Observatory, you will need to be registered on the supplier database.  The SAAO has moved away from a shared database with the National Research Foundation and will be making use of the Central Supplier Database (CSD) of the […]

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