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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 …

A mystery in the outer Solar System

18 December 2018

Stellar occultations are a powerful technique that allows characterization of foreground objects by watching them block light from a distant star. This technique is particularly useful for studying small and/or distant objects in the Solar System, whic …