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October is Astronomy Month

"Astronomy Month 2004" is an initiative of the Science Platforms Unit of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), funded by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF).

In his project brief, AAstronomy Strategy for South Africa", Byren M Archary (Deputy Director, Science Platforms Unit) writes:

The South African National Research and Development (R&D) Strategy identifies astronomy as a strong scientific area, where South Africa has an obvious geographical advantage.  This advantage places South Africa in a strategic position to capitalise on its resources. It also has the potential of making South Africa a premier destination for astronomy research, which can contribute to cutting-edge global knowledge.


The driving factor of this project is to determine the state of astronomy in South Africa. This will enable the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to focus its role in promoting astronomy in South Africa and the African continent. The project also intends to establish new and strengthen existing partnerships with industry.

The SAASTE website has set up a special webpage for Astronomy Month.

One part of the project is to implement public awareness promotion strategies. Some activities during October are listed below. Click on the links for more detailed information.

  • Iziko Planetarium
  • Johannesburg Planetarium
  • Stellenbosch and environs
  • ASSA Cape Centre
  • Cederberg Observatory
  • If you are hosting an event during October, please contact the webmaster for inclusion on this webpage.




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