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Observing the fast and the furious: SAAO observes the first optical counterpart of a Gravitational Wave source

22 January 2018

Following on from the major global announcement in October 2017 on the discovery of the first electromagnetic counterpart of a gravitational wave source, named GW170817, this new paper has just been published on observations undertaken at the South Afr …

SALT and SAAO telescopes investigate the origin of the first detection of gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars.

16 October 2017

       SALT and SAAO telescopes partake in an unprecedented international collaboration to investigate the origin of the first detection of gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars. The discovery marks the birth of a new era in astro …

Discovery of one of the most luminous eruptions from a dying star: SALT contributes to a major international multi-wavelength effort led by South Africa.

11 October 2017

A multinational group of astronomers have discovered what it might be the brightest nova (a luminous stellar eruption) ever observed. This mighty eruption was first detected on the 14th of October 2016 by the MASTER-instrument in Argentina. Since then …