News / Astronomy Articles

Newsletter July 2017

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

Board Response to External Review

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

SALT External Review

SALT Five Year Review 2016   The report by the external review committee: Report

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

SAMS Project

SALT Array Management System 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 […]