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The changing landscape of South African astronomy

6 May 2019

South Africa is looking forward to hosting the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in 2024 — the first on the African continent. The meeting will come at a time of burgeoning scientific prosperity for the growing community of indige …

Declaration of the South African Astronomical Observatory as a National Heritage Site

23 January 2019

On December 21, 2018, the South African Heritage Resources Agency(SAHRA) officially declared the South African Astronomical Observatory as a National Heritage Site. This is a very exciting development for the SAAO, recognising the incredible achievemen …

SAAO contributes to MU69 exploration

11 January 2019

On the 1st of January 2019, NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft performed a very exciting flyby of the most distant object ever explored, 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule. MU69 is located in the Kuiper belt, the icy disk in the outer solar system that con …