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-MLT-001

    The Kinematics of Miras in the Galactic Bar

  • 2016-1-MLT-003

    Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables lacking radial-velocity measurements

  • 2016-1-SCI-058

    The spins of O stars in WR+O binaries

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* Observation titles do not imply any actual discoveries.