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South African Large Telescope (SALT)




South African Large Telescope
An 11-meter-aperture telescope – the largest single telescope in the southern hemisphere. It is set on a desolate plateau four hours drive from Cape Town, near the town of Sutherland. SALT now dominates the Sutherland observing station of the South African Astronomical Observatory, which has been the home of South Africa's main observatories for more than half a century. The new telescope was inaugerated in November 2005 and was financed by South Africa together with universities and research bodies around the world, including Germany, Poland, the United States, and New Zealand. Built using an array of 91 hexagonal mirrors, SALT is similar to the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in Texas and is decided to work at longer wavelengths than most other optical telescopes.


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