News / Astronomy Articles

SALT strategic plan

SALT strategic plan The SALT Strategic Plan, published in June 2018, sets out the vision and mission of SALT, briefly discusses the current status of the science and instrumentation and presents the SALT strategy for the next five to ten years.

SALT fact sheet

SALT fact sheet The SALT fact sheet offers a quick overview of SALT’s instruments, site, science, software and partners.

SALT partners

SALT partners SALT is owned by a consortium of international partners. See the partner leaflet for all the details.

SALT annual report 2017

SALT annual report 2017   The SALT Annual Report 2017 (also available as a high resolution pdf) includes science highlights, an introduction to the SALT partners, operations news and feedback on outreach & education.

Newsletter December 2017

News from the SALT operations team   The latest news from SALT: December 2017

Multi-wavelength Observations

Multi-wavelength observations of a black hole binary What does multi-wavelength observations mean? The illustration above shows our own galaxy in a variety of wavelengths. See the descriptions in the top right of each individual image to know in which wavelength range each was observed. It starts with a low energy (long wavelength) range and increase […]

SALT annual report 2016

SALT annual report 2016   The SALT Annual Report 2016 includes: Instrumentation News, Research highlights, and feedback on Education & Public Outreach initiatives.


Fabry-Pérot Imaging Spectroscopy on SALT   Spectroscopy is the most important tool for an astronomer.  It unlocks the hidden characteristics of objects too remote to be studied directly – things like the chemical composition of stars, the temperature, pressure and motion of interstellar gas clouds, the structure and mass of galaxies, and much more.  A […]

Creating colour images

Creating colour images in astronomy   Image: an RBG image of NGC 1365 created by Dr Marissa Kotze, taken using SALT. Images with telescopes are taken in various filters and are then combined to create colour composites like the one above. The Great Barred Spiral Galaxy (NGC 1365) lies in the constellation of Fornax (the Furnace) […]

The Evolution of Galaxies

The Evolution of Galaxies   On a clear dark night, the view of the night sky from Sutherland is spectacular. An arch of light known as the Milky Way stretches overhead. This is the light from thousands of stars in our galaxy, seen from our unique perspective within the galaxy’s stellar disk. Our Milky Way […]