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The scientific benefits of the Southern African Large Telescope are well documented. Less attention has been paid to the collateral benefits - the socio-economic growth in the small town of Sutherland and the boost to education across the region and further afield.
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, with a hexagonal mirror array 11 metres in diameter giving it the ability to record distant stars, galaxies and quasars a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye.
South African astronomy is set to receive a major boost, in the form of R100-million, ultra-high speed broadband link between the remote Northern Cape sites of the Southern African Large Telescope and Square Kilometre Array and the SA National Research Network backbone in Cape Town.
The Southern African Large Telescope is housed at the Sutherland Observatory in the remote Northern Cape province. (Image: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the...