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Gazing at the beautiful night sky……

On the 13th June 2013 an inception meeting took place at the Namibia Scientific Society. Those in attendance were people well-known amongst star friends and members of the Namibia Scientific Society, e.g. Eberhard von Grumbkow, Dr Michael Bakkes, Sonja Itting-Enke, Rob Johnstone, Toni Hanke, Siegfried Straube, Burghardt Voigts, Annegret Enengl. The reason for this meeting was to revive the Astronomy work group of the Namibia Scientific Society.

A subsequent gathering was held on the 10th of July 2013, where members of the general public were invited to attend. This evening was well attended and some foreign professional astronomers were present, e.g. Dr.s Hopfer and Bode. Mr Rob Johnstone from Space Observation Learning Namibia was unanimously appointed as the coordinator and chairman of this work group.

The astronomy work group aims at fostering the interest for astronomy, star gazing and information relating to the Namibian night sky in all people, irrespective of their age or background. It also intends to educate interested parties on this subject.

The group will have regular excursions where the participants have the opportunity to observe the magnificent Namibian night sky through telescopes.

The first excursion took place on the evening of Friday, 9th August, at Gocheganas. To enable all in attendance to receive ample time to gaze at the heavens, only thirty participants could attend. The Star viewing was facilitated by Rob Johnstone. Demand was far larger than expected and thus another star gazing evening will be organized. Such events will not only be of educational value, but also provide the opportunity to meet like-minded people. 

A very interesting presentation will be held by Rob Johnstone on Wednesday, August 21st at 19h00 at the Namibia Scientific Society (Robert Mugabe 110 – opposite the National Theatre). Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you are interested in joining the Astronomy group or in sharing the amazing events, please contact

What are you waiting for ? Expand your horizons and join the Astronomy group today!

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