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The South African National Space Agency Space Science facility in Hermanus used to be called the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory. Now its functions have expanded. Scientists there monitor space weather and the Earth’s fluctuating electromagnetic field. They do fascinating work, and you can find out more by doing a tour – every Wednesday at 11:00, free of charge!

Formerly known as the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory, it monitors and provides early warnings on space weather close to Earth. This includes solar storms, solar winds and disturbances in the ionosphere. The Sansa facility also monitors solar flares that might affect electricity grids, satellites and digital information.

Catherine Webster – 028 312 1196 / /

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