The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa. Its prime function is to conduct fundamental research in astronomy and astrophysics by providing a world-class facility and by promoting astronomy and astrophysics in southern Africa. The SAAO contributes to the future development of South Africa through the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, through the provision of research infrastructure, and through providing an interface between science and society.
The SAAO is the premier optical/infrared astronomy facility in Africa and plays a leading role in the promotion of astronomy in the continent. There are strong international links worldwide through scientific collaboration and technological exchange. SAAO’s research excellence is underpinned by strong technical competencies in certain niche areas.
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