The Southern African Large Telescope

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and among the largest in the world. It has a hexagonal primary mirror array 11 metres across, comprising 91 individual 1m hexagonal mirrors.

SALT is situated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) field station near the small town of Sutherland, in the Northern Cape province, about 400 km from Cape Town. SALT is funded by a consortium of international partners from South Africa, the United States, Germany, Poland, India, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The telescope has been in full science operation since 2011 and is┬árealising its huge potential as Africa’s Giant Eye on the Universe.



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PUBLICATIONS

Scientific papers using data produced by SALT.

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TOURS

Planning a trip to Sutherland? Be sure to book your tour of SALT in advance!

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RECENT OBSERVATIONS *

  • 2016-1-SCI-048

    Probing the accretion shocks in magnetic Cataclysmic Variables

  • 2016-1-MLT-007

    SALT Supernova Followup

  • 2016-1-DDT-002

    Deeper, Wider, Faster: Confirming the fastest transients in the Universe with SALT

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* Observation titles do not imply any actual discoveries.