SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory

Top astronomers from the Middle-East and Africa meet in Cape Town

On Monday the 11th of April 2011, the Honourable Derek Hanekom, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology and Prof. Bob Williams, President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will formally open the second Middle-East...[more]

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South African to head office for global astronomy development

Mr. Kevin Govender, from the South African Astronomical Observatory, has been appointed to the prestigious position of Director of the International Office for Astronomy Development (OAD) with effect from March 1, 2011. The OAD,...[more]

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A home away from home hostel for Sutherland learners

The National Research Foundation (NRF) together with S.A. Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) would like to invite you to the handover of the Sutherland High School Hostel to the Northern Cape Department of Education. The event will...[more]

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SA partners with IAU to drive Astronomy for the Developing World!

Today, South African Science chalked up yet another astronomical achievement with the signing of an agreement for the country to host the International Astronomical Union’s Office for Astronomy Development.  This...[more]

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Minister Pandor congratulates the South African Astronomical Observatory

Minister Pandor today congratulated the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town on winning a bid to host the International Astronomical Union’s Office for Astronomy Development. Read more[more]


South Africa wins the bid to host the prestigious international Office for Astronomy Development

South Africa has been selected by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to host the prestigious IAU Office for Astronomy Development (OAD). The awarding of the bid to South Africa by the 88th meeting of the IAU, on Thursday,...[more]

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MeerKAT project achieves major milestones

The Karoo Array Telescope (MeerKAT) project, a world-class radio telescope being built by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation in the Karoo semi-desert in South Africa near the towns of...[more]


International science communicators in Cape Town

More than a 150 international astronomers and science communicators, including representatives from 14 African countries, have descended on Cape Town for the period of 15 to 19 March to discuss the success of the International...[more]

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Pinelands High learner sends Ubuntu to the Heavens

"The winning name is particularly good because it is cross-cultural and has been embraced by all of South Africa" said Dr. Amanda GulbisThe recent asteroid competition run by S.A. Astronomical Observatory and...[more]

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Select your favourite South African asteroid name

The second round of the national Name Our Asteroid competition is already well under way. The top five names from over 100 submissions by young South Africans have already been selected, and the public at large is now invited...[more]

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