Partial solar eclipse, 2017 February 26

Published 2017 February 08

There will be a partial eclipse of the Sun late on Sunday afternoon, Feburary 26. It will be visible from anywhere in South Africa. Find out more on our “Eclipse 2017” page.


Name the SAAO Telescope competition

Published 2017 January 27

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is holding a competition to name their new 1-metre telescope! This telescope is the first SA optical telescope that will be remotely operable (and potentially robotic) since the Sutherland site was established in the 1970s.

The competition is open to learners in grade 6 to 12 countrywide, and closes on March 18. Names can be in any of the 11 SA languages. The winning learner and one parent or guardian will be brought to Sutherland for a telescope naming ceremony. The learner’s name will be inscribed on a plaque on the building that houses the telescope. The winner will also be given a tour of the SAAO site and facilities and, if the weather permits, a chance to observe the night sky using the new telescope.

Visit the SAAO Telescope Naming Competition webpage.


Scholarships deadline

Published 2017 January 19

The deadline for application for the 2017 ASSA/HartRAO scholarships is Wednesday, 2017 February 01. For details please see the Scholarships page.


Closing date for SkyGuide 2017 competition

Published 2016 December 23

The 2017 SkyGuide competition closes on March 20 – don’t forget to send in your postal entry and you’ll stand a chance of winning a computerized iOptron Astroboy I (sponsored by Eridanus Optics) and a selection of astronomy books (sponsored by Struik Nature).


New date for InOMN2017

Published 2016 November 01

The organizers of International Observe the Moon Night have advised that InOMN 2017 will now be celebrated on 2017 October 28, and not July 15 as previously announced.


2017 astronomical highlights not to miss


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