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Newsletter July 2017

News from the SALT operations team   The latest news from SALT: newsletter_july

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Board Response to External Review

Board response to external review Recommendations by an External Review panel and the response by the SALT board: Board Response to SALT External Review – June 2017

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SALT External Review

Southern African Large Telescope Five Year Review 2016   The report by the external review committee: Report

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Newsletter Feb 2016

News from the SALT operations team   Latest news items include info on the completed HRS pipeline, results from the SALT survey and feedback from the SALT data reduction workshop: salt_newsletter_feb2017

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An unusual nova, possibly in Sagittarius

An unusual nova possibly associated with the Sagittarius stream   Novae are stellar explosions that take place in binary stellar systems. During these explosions, the star’s brightness increases by many orders of magnitude, and then fades to its initial brightness, and the system survives the explosion. A team of SAAO astronomers led by an SAAO […]

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Supernovae & their remnants

Supernovae & their remnants   A bright Supernova (SN) candidate was detected by an automated SN survey called ASAS-SN using a small automated telescope in Chile in the morning of Sep 21st.  The new source was in a galaxy NGC 613, a barred spiral galaxy some 70 million light years away in the constellation of […]

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Newsletter Oct 2016

News from the SALT operations team Highlights include some great news from the August stand-down period and from our new edge-sensor system: salt_newsletter_oct2016

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Newsletter May 2016

News from the SALT operations team   Check out what we were getting up to at SALT earlier this year: salt_newsletter_may2016

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SN2016adj: Supernova in Centaurus A

Death of a star: Supernova in Centaurus A A supernova, a star that just ended its life in an explosion, was discovered yesterday (Feb 8, 2016) in a nearby galaxy known as Centaurus A.  The galaxy is well known for its peculiar and prominent dust lane and for it hosting one of the closest active […]

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SAMS Project

SAMS Project What does SAMS mean? SAMS is an acronym for the SALT Array Management System. It comprises a set of sensors mounted on the mirror segments connected to racks of electronics  feeding data to a Labview program that is designed to maintain the overall shape of the SALT mirror array once it has been […]