Posts tagged as SAAO

Sutherland robotic telescope spots an extrasolar planet

  The Sutherland-based robotic telescope, Kilodegree extremely little telescope (KELT)-South, spotted an extrasolar planet, KELT-10b, during its routine observations. KELT-South is dedicated to the search of transiting planets orbiting especially bright stars. Astronomers refer to these planets as “hot Jupiters” because of their composition and mass. They are gas giants similar to the planet Jupiter, except […]

First ground-based observations of sprites over South Africa

  The South African National Space Agency recently recorded the first images of sprites from Sutherland on 11 January 2016. Triggered by lightning, Sprites are optical gas discharges from the top of convective thunderstorm clouds at an altitude of 50 – 100 km. Despite being easily visible, nobody has ever reported seeing spites over Southern […]

SALT helps to unveil a record-breaking cosmic blast

  A collaboration of telescopes, including a major contribution by the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in Sutherland, Africa’s giant eye on the universe, 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 than twice as […]