Press Releases


A very rare event worth observing : Mercury passing across the face of the Sun

7 November 2019

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) will host a transit of Mercury viewing event at the SAAO in Observatory on Monday, 11 November from 14h35 till sunset. This transit will be visible across the African continent starting at our local tim …

SALT observes super fast spirals!

17 October 2019

Astronomers using the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), have measured the rotation of some of the largest spiral galaxies, spinning at up to 570 kilometres per second! Their rapid spin is a result of sitting within an extraordinarily massive clo …

SAAO and MeerKAT combine to confirm the detection of a flaring black hole

11 September 2019

Researchers from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have utilised the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory MeerKAT Telescope to confirm the existence of a never-before-seen flaring black hole. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) XMM-N …