SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory

Useful Links

Astronomical and space links

ADS abstract service (SAAO mirror). Abstracts of papers written by astronomers worldwide.

ALADIN Sky Atlas. Enter coordinates or object name and get a finding chart.

American Association of Variable Star Observers: AAVSO

American Astronomical Society Online membership directory.

CDS - Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Astronomical databases, including Simbad; VizieR (on-line astronomical catalogues); Nomenclature; Biblio; StarPages; AstroWeb etc.

CDS - Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Abbreviations, acronymns, contractions, symbols etc.

Conferences. List of forthcoming international astronomy meetings.

Digitized Sky Survey. Provides access to digitized optical Schmidt plates.

e-Print archive ( (astro-ph) Read/submit your latest electronic preprint here.

European Southern Observatory (ESO) Photo Gallery

Galileo Galilei's Notes on Motion. Galileo's manuscripts and text of Discorsi on the Web.

The HartRAO Space Geodesy Programme

Hubble Space Telescope Public Pictures

International Astronomical Union. Home page including IAU Membership List.

IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (IAU OAD). Using astronomy to make the world a better place.

NASA Photo Gallery

SIMBAD data base. Subscribers only.

Solar System Dynamics (JPL/SSD). "Unparalleled planetary information".

South African National Space Agency (SANSA). The South African body for the promotion and use of space.

StarBits. A dictionary of astronomy/space-related acronymns, abbreviations and symbols.

StarGuides. A directory of astronomy/space-related organisations.

StarHeads. A database of personal web pages of astronomers and related scientists

Radio astronomy

HartRAO. The Hartbeeshoek Radio Astronomy Observatory is located west of Johannesburg.

SKA South Africa. The South African bid to host the Square Kilometre Array.

Astronomy news

Astronomy Now. Breaking News. The latest astronomy-related news items as posted by Astronomy Now magazine.

European Southern Observatory Press releases, photos and video clips

Heavens Above. Provides information on space satellites. Includes graphics generated for your location and time zone.

IAU Astronomical Headlines. Brief information on recent astronomical discoveries.

NASA. Home page of the National Auronautics and Space Administration.

Scientific American. Site updated weekly with timely and interesting current news.

Sky &Telescope. Homepage of the magazine, Sky & Telescope.

Searching the web - Astronomy

AstroWeb: Astronomy on the Internet (via CDS). A fountain of information for professional astronomers.

Astronomical World Wide Web Resources. Sites for professional and amateur astronomers.

Yahoo (Science/Astronomy). A good starting point for general astronomy links.


Academy of Sciences of South Africa Provides science advice to government. ASSAf Statement on Academic Freedom

African Astronomical Society (AfAS). Promotes and supports research on the continent and to facilitate the use of astronomy in addressing the challenges faced by Africa

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). An education centre which promotes mathematics and science in Africa and helps to build capacity in education, research and technology through training.

Astronomical Society of Southern Africa - Cape Centre

National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP)

National Research Foundation (NRF), Pretoria, South Africa.

RSSA - Royal Society of South Africa. For the advancement of all aspects of science.

SAIP - South African Institute of Physics. To promote the study of and research in physics.

WGSSA - Working Group on Space Sciences in Africa. Promotes the development of space-related sciences in Africa.


Weather Forecasts for SALT at the SAAO (Sutherland)


A course in basic UNIX. Learn the UNIX system as used at SAAO.

LaTeX2e user guide Useful reference for this document preparation tool.

STAR astronomical software Package containing a collection of software accumulated over many years. This FORTRAN package has been tried only on DEC Alpha and Sun.

ICE, interactive computer ephemeris Software written at US Naval Observatory, Washington DC, USA (now discontinued and no longer supported by USNO). DOS software for calculating the ephemeris of the sun, moon and planets for the period 1800 to 2049.

BVI Cepheid Reddening Software