Sutherland Star Party 2008-9 (© C.J. Ödman)


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Visitors from all over the country have come to Sutherland for some serious stargazing Busy SAAO visitor centre in Sutherland




Essential Astronomy workshop given by Kevin Govender Essential Astronomy workshop given by Kevin Govender




A gift from 2008: A colourful 22 degree arc around the sun! Marshals from town help with security on the plateau




Music welcomes the visitors Registration desk for the Sutherland IYA2009 star party




Big telescopes and future astronomers Putting together the telescopes for the night




Chilling in the last blazing sunlight of 2008 Telescopes ready for the night




The pubic makign themselves at home on the Sutherland plateau The pubic making themselves at home on the Sutherland plateau




Ready to chill out all night Taking pictures of the last sunset of 2008




Last sunlight of 2008 Telescopes being prepared already attract the attention of the public




Measuring the wind Preparing telescopes for the night




Preparing the telescopes for the night (SALT in the background) Marshals from the town of Sutherland




SALT in the ink light of the last sunet of 2008 2008 granted us a glorious goodbye sunset




2008 granted us a glorious goodbye sunset SALT just after sunset




SALT just after sunset Getting together for the last night of 2008




Getting together to enter the IYA2009 Getting together for the last night of 2008




Astronomers getting ready for the night Astronomers getting ready for the night with the moon




A 6" refractor aiming at Venus The Sutherland plateau: Telescope domes, the moon and Venus




The moon and Venus Spying Venus




Lines forming to visit the telescope with the moon and Venus in the last light of sunset Waiting to visit the 1.9m telescope




Visiting the 1.9m telescope Looking at the sky through the 20" telescope




Looking at the sky through the 20" telescope The moon and Venus are setting as the clouds recede to reveal a magnificent sky.




The Milky Way above the telescopes Explanations at the 30" telescope




Visit to the 30" telescope Visit to the SALT control room




Visit to the SALT control room SALT control room II (no public access...)




Visit to the SALT control room Members of the public chatting to the SALT astronomers and technicians




The volunteer helpers get food during the night Waiting for a visit to SALT




Telescopes pointing at the marvels of the Night Sky Preparing hot dogs and hot tea for the visitors




Listening to Prof. Phil Charles' wishes for 2009 New Year's speech given by Prof. Phil Charles




Art event with glow sticks, gauze and lasers Art event with glow sticks, gauze and lasers




SALT and visitors SALT (big) and visitors (small)




Big mirror, small people :) SALT, the dome, and the visitors




SALT and visitors SALT and visitors




SALT and visitors SALT and visitors




SALT in its dome Payload of instruments




Structure bearing 100 tons of telescope The faceted eye of Africa




The telescope up close SALTs mirrors




A glimpse of SALT Sleeping out at 1800 metres




Before the 1st sunrise of 2009 Sharing the 1st 2009 sunrise




1st 2009 sunrise 1st light of 2009




Good morning 2009 Before the 1st 2009 sunrise




Before the 1st 2009 sunrise waking up to 2009




1 jan 2009 sunrise The die-hards at sunrise




Taking pictures of the 1st sunrise of 2009 The survivors!




The survivors! 1st sunrise of 2009




Shadows of the telescopes on the Karoo landscape Shadows of the telescopes




Sunrise on SALT Shadow of SALT on the hostel