SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory

Partial Solar Eclipse visible from South Africa on 15th of January

This coming Friday the 15th of January between about 7 AM to 8 AM those finding themselves in the central to northern parts of South Africa would be able to see the first solar eclipse of 2010. Solar eclipses occur when the...[more]

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Planet hunting telescope in South Africa wins prestigious award

The Wide Angle Search for Planets experiment, SuperWASP, which has a telescope located outside the Karoo town of Sutherland at the South African Astronomical Observatory has won the Group Achievement Award for Astronomy...[more]

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Once in a "blue" moon opportunity - end the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in style!

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland offers the public the unique opportunity to see the final sunset of 2009 from the biggest observatory on the African continent. This coincides with the only...[more]


Travelling to the Kalahari in a spaceship

That's exactly what future space travellers might just do. That's of course if “Kalahari” is the winning name of South Africa's “Name our Asteroid” competition. The competition, which is open to all those aged 18 and under, and...[more]

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Nationwide competition to officially name an asteroid

As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 draws to a close, young people living in South Africa are invited to participate in a nationwide competition to name an asteroid. The competition, run by the South African Astronomical...[more]

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Rocket launch causes stir locally and around the world

The spectacular sight which keen South African sky-watchers were privileged enough to witness during the evening of Sunday the 18th of October, from approximately 8:45 to 9:30pm, – a spectacle resembling something out of a big...[more]

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Call for RSS commissioning proposals

SALT has issued a call for commissioning proposals for the Robert Stobie Spectrograph (RSS). (FULL DETAILS)[more]

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SALTeNEWS - October 2009

The latest issue of SALTeNEWS has been released (October 2009)[more]

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Amateur Astronomer Discovers Evidence of Object Hitting Impact on Jupiter

On the Sunday 19th of July, Australian amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley discovered a new dark "scar" on the surface of Jupiter. He then tipped-off NASA, who did follow-up observations using the Infrared Telescope...[more]

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Developing Astronomy Globally

In April 2009 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO provided funding to support International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) related projects and activities in developing regions. A call for proposals was sent...[more]

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