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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 …

Repeating outflows of hot wind found close to a galactic black hole

6 August 2019

An international team of astrophysicists from Southampton, Oxford and South Africa have detected a very hot, dense outflowing wind close to a black hole at least 25,000 light-years from Earth. Lead researcher Professor Phil Charles from the University …

SAAO 1.0m Telescope pivotal in the discovery of a ‘Forbidden’ Planet in the ‘Neptunian Desert’

29 May 2019

The South African Astronomical Observatory’s 1.0m telescope provided crucial follow-up observations in new research published today by members of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group at the University of Warwick, UK, detailing the discovery of an exopl …