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 realising its huge potential as Africa’s Giant Eye on the Universe.



Scientific papers using data produced by SALT.

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  • 2016-1-MLT-010

    Observing the Transient Universe

  • 2016-1-SCI-051

    Observational Constraints on the Nature of the Extreme Luminous Blue Variable S18 and S134

  • 2016-1-DDT-005

    Imaging Spectroscopy of the new SNR 0103-7201

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* Observation titles do not imply any actual discoveries.