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Record-breaking cosmic blast

Southern African Large Telescope helps to unveil a record-breaking cosmic blast! A collaboration of telescopes, including a major contribution by the Southern African Large Telescope in Sutherland, has unveiled a cosmic explosion about 200 times more powerful than a typical supernova, events which already rank amongst the mightiest outbursts in the universe. It was more […]

Too large a black hole

Southern African Large Telescope reveals too large a black hole The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), Africa’s most powerful eye on the sky, has been used to discover a supermassive black hole in the centre of a modest galaxy, SAGE0536AGN. All but the smallest galaxies are thought to harbour a black hole, but in this […]

SALT Conference 2015

The SALT Science Conference 2015 The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) Foundation and South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) are delighted with the success of the SALT Science Conference 2015 held in Stellenbosch from the 1st to the 5th June. The programme was jam-packed with talks, poster presentations, practical workshops and discussions showcasing SALT’s capabilities. Over […]

A Close Shave

A Neighbourhood Star’s Close Shave With Our Solar System Astronomers identify the closest known flyby of a star other than the Sun to Earth. The star likely passed through the Oort Cloud of comets at the edge of our solar system 70,000 years ago. Astronomers from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and Southern African […]

Luminous Blue Variable

Discovery of a New “Luminous Blue Variable” Star Astronomers identify an extremely rare star which could soon die in a spectacular supernova explosion. Astronomer Dr A. Kniazev from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), together with collaborators from the Lomonosov Moscow State University Dr. V. Gvaramadze and Dr. L. Berdnikov have recently discovered a new […]