Africa’s Giant Eye on the sky

The biggest telescope in the southern hemisphere will be opened today by South African President Thabo Mbeki at Sutherland, near Cape Town.
UK astronomers will be among those using the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) – nicknamed Africa’s Giant Eye – which has a light-collecting mirror 11 metres wide.
The scientists will be able to operate the telescope over the internet to discover more about the origins of the universe.

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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