Africa's Giant Eye : Building the Southern African Large Telescope
By David Buckley, Marguerite Lombard, Mike Lomberg, Kobus Meiring, Roelien Theron
About the book
Bathed in the soft starlight of our Milky Way Galaxy, the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) collects the faintest of celestial light signals, from the farthest reaches of the universe to the closest, our Solar System. Built on a remote hilltop near Sutherland in the Karoo, SALT is a state-of-the-art scientific instrument designed to unravel some of the mysteries of the universe in which we live.
The telescope and the instruments created for this task are marvels of science, engineering and technology. Five years in the making, they are the culmination of a vision to build the largest single optical telescope in the Southern Hemisphere on African soil. The telescope’s enormous light-gathering power, facilitated by a massive segmented primary mirror eleven metres across, will give the brightest minds of our time an opportunity to push the frontiers of what constitutes our knowledge of the universe and its workings.
Africa’s Giant Eye: Building the Southern African Large Telescope tells the story of an extraordinary undertaking to create a world-class scientific facility and the talented team of people who made it possible. Superbly designed and richly illustrated, the book is a testament to what can be achieved when dreams, conjured from the wonders of science, are turned into reality.