Ghana launched its first radio astronomy observatory on the 24th of August, 2017 in an effort to widen knowledge of African skies, catalyze skills development, and attract scientists. A 32-meter wide (104-foot) radio telescope, converted from an old telecommunications dish, forms the heart of the observatory, which is in Kuntunse, about an hour from the capital Accra. Click here or here for more information.
Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences. Elevating planetary and space sciences across Africa could help nations reach their development goals. Efforts will require collaboration, creativity, efficient planning, and political will. Read more
Ghana telescope heralds first pan-African array. Nature reported an exciting news on the 9th of May, 2017 about the Ghana telescope; By converting a defunct communications dish, astronomers are breaking ground on Earth and beyond. An old communications dish in Ghana is taking on a new role as a radio telescope. In a milestone for African astronomy, engineers have converted an old telecommunications dish in Ghana into the continent’s first functioning radio telescope outside South Africa. The telescope, in Kuntunse near Accra, is the first of an array of such instruments expected to be built across Africa over the next five years, and forms part of long-term plans to develop the skills of astronomers on the continent. It made its first observations this year and will be formally opened later in 2017. For more information, click Here
THE NATION, ”Catching them young” following the 2015 West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers (WAISSYA).