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Southern African Large Telescope, SALT

Sutherland, South Africa

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Southern African Large Telescope, SALT – Sutherland, South Africa, © Marion Boddy-Evans
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Largest Telescope in the Southern Hemisphere: SALT at Sutherland, South Africa

The Southern African Large Telescope (simply known as SALT), built at the South African Astronomical Observatory at Sutherland, was officially opened on 10 November 2005. The largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, it gathers "more than 25 times as much light as any existing African telescope" and can "detect objects as faint as a candle flame on the moon" according to the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO).

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