100 Hours of Astronomy Registered Events: NAMIBIA
Outreach talks to Windhoek High School and Stargazing at local observatory: Windhoek, Namibia
Organiser: University of Namibia
Event Date(s): January 11-13, 2019
About: Dr. Eli Kasai (Namibian NOC), Dr. Michael Backes and Dr. Rhodri Evans, all staff members in the Department of Physics at the University of Namibia will visit Windhoek High School on the morning of the 11 of January 2019, to give talks to a group of about 250 learners, as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy. The talks include a history of the IAU and the objectives of its existence, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space missions, Multiwavelength Astronomy in Namibia, Southern Africa and the globe, and imaging the blackhole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy with the African Milimetre Telescope, planned to be constructed in Namibia in a few years from now. Also, Namibia is currently hosting a "Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy" (DARA, https://www.dara-project.org/) workshop, in which 12 postgraduate students - half from Namibia and the other half from neighbouring Botswana - are taking part. The DARA group will visit a small optical observatory just outside Windhoek, which has a 14" celestron telescope, for planned stargazing activities, including observations of planets and interesting constellations, during the 100 Hours of Astronomy.
Event Page / More Information: More event information can be found here.
Contact: Eli Kasai