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Things to do

  • Make your own sundial
    The type of sundial shown here is very easy to make - simply print out the one for your area! Source: HartRAO

  • Astronomy shareware and freeware programs - for free!
    Sites where software of general astronomical interest for home PCs can be downloaded. Planetarium programs show the night sky from a particular site, such as your home; some come with extra catalogues for fainter stars and other objects. Most of those listed are free. Source: HartRAO

  • View Sutherland's night sky
    View Sutherland's night sky with SALT's all-sky camera, CONCAM. These images of the entire sky are displayed every ~4 minutes. The images, a time lapse movie and photometery of the brightest stars for a particular night can be downloaded from the CONCAM "archive" pages. Source: SALT

  • Visit Boyden Observatory
    Visit the Boyden Observatory which is situated 25 km outside of Bloemfontein.

  • Visit HartRAO
    Visit the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory as a member of the public, school or group.

  • Visit the Iziko Planetarium
    The Planetarium, which is housed in the South African Museum building in Cape Town, is a celestial theatre in the round, utilizing the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe.

  • Visit the Johannesburg Planetarium
    Visit the Johannesburg Planetarium, the first full-sized planetarium in Africa, and the second in the Southern Hemisphere to open its doors to the public in 1960.

  • Visit the SAAO
    Visit the South African Astronomical Observatory's Cape Town headquarters on the site of the former Royal Observatory (1828-1971).

  • Visit the SAAO Sutherland Observatory
    Visit the SAAO observing station near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4 hour drive from Cape Town.

  • Visit SALT
    SALT is located at the site of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) just outside Sutherland. Visiting SALT promises to be any astronomy enthusiast's experience of a lifetime.

  • Visit the Tswaing impact crater
    Forty kilometers north of Pretoria lies a ring of hills a kilometer in diameter and 100 meters high. These hills are the walls of an impact crater left by an asteroid which hit there some 200 000 years ago. The Tswaing crater is similar in size to the well-known Barringer meteor crater in Arizona. The crater walls at Tswaing were originally about twice as high as they are today. Source: HartRAO

  • See the real "Deep Impact" at Vredefort
    One hundred kilometers south west of Johannesburg are the towns of Vredefort and Parys, the latter lying next to the Vaal river. The towns are a short deviation from the N1 highway to Cape Town. In an arc to the north and west of the towns is a partial ring of hills, some 70 kilometres in diameter. The hills are centred on Vredefort, which is shown by the letter "V" in the photograph below, taken from the Space Shuttle. The ring of hills and the area within them is known as the "Vredefort Dome". Source: HartRAO
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