This little town is situated in the Northern Cape in the Karoo
region of South Africa.
It is known for the South African Astronomical Observatory, situated
18 km outside the town.
Astrononomy has play an important role in human lives since the dawn
of civilisation. Modern astronomy began in South Africa when
seafarers and explorers came to need astronomy for mapmaking and
There are only a handful of regions in the world with
really good sites for observations.
At an altitude of 1459 meters,
clear, dark skies, far from city lights and polluted air and because
the clear weather is evenly spread througout the year, Sutherland
was the perfect spot for the South African Astronomical Observatory
SALT or The Southern African Large Telescope is the largest
telescope in the Southern Hemisphere.
With a hexagonal mirror array
11m across, SALT is one of the leading instruments of its kind.
to the Observatory are from Mondays to Saturdays at 11:30 and
Bookings are essential.
Phone the Observatory at tel: 023 5711205