It’s time for Africa!

The South African astronomical community, acting on behalf of astronomy stakeholders across the African continent, in collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and with strong support from the South African Government, invited the International Astronomical Union to Africa, to hold the XXXII IAU General Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2024. The successful bid was announced on 30 August 2018, at the XXX IAU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.

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Elated astronomers celebrate a successful bid in Vienna.

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Latest News

  • 10 December: Come hear about the JWST, by JWST scientists
    JWST stands for James Webb Space Telescope. This is the new generation telescope that will overtake the Hubble Space Telescope after over 30 years of incredible astronomical images and science. The JWST is due to launch on 22 December this year, and a lot is at stake. To learn more about this feat of science … Read more
  • Solar Eclipse of 4 December 2021
    The moon will pass in front of the sun, covering it on 4 December 2021. It will be visible partially from the Southernmost parts of the continent. For more information and instructions on when and how to observe this partial solar eclipse safely, see the poster below. Enjoy the event and if you would like … Read more
  • OUT NOW: African Science Stars, Special Astronomy and Space issue
    Science Stars is pleased to announce the availability of the second issue of its quarterly African Science Stars magazine. Physical copies of the magazine are currently being distributed whilst the full magazine can also be downloaded online in PDF format. Acknowledging the rise of Astronomy in Africa this latest issue delves deep into African Science … Read more
  • Africa Forum Participants List
    (in alphabetical order by name – total of 430 registered participants – visualize the distribution on map below list) Name Institution Country Abbas Endisha Misurata university Libya Abdelhafid Bani Naec morocco Morocco Abdoulaye Ba Ba Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar Sénégal ABDU ALI AMEDE Woldia University Ethiopia Abhijeet  Bhardwaj American Physics Society India Aboulahris … Read more
  • Interview about AfAS in Scientia Magazine
    Scientia Magazine features a rich issue about Astronomy in Africa and the African Astronomical Society. They interview the President, Prof. Jamal Mimouni and describe a lot of astronomy activities taking place on our continent. From Research to Outreach and efforts to strengthen women’s participation, all sources of inspiration for the present and the future of … Read more
  • Large fireball illuminates Southern African skies
    On the evening of August 24, a bright object traveling fast in the upper atmosphere had thousands of people mesmerised. It was spotted by many in the Gauteng province of South Africa but was visible further North into Limpopo and Zimbabwe. At first we didn’t know what it was. ☄️BREAKING: SA Astronomical Observatory confirms large … Read more
  • First PhD Astrophysicist in Côte d’Ivoire
    The community is growing, and we are glad to welcome a new member to the professional astronomy community in Africa. Marc Yao, from the Ivory Coast is about to graduate with his OhD in Astrophysics from the University of the Western Cape. The University is celebrating along with Marc. Congratulations! Rad the full article on … Read more
  • 30 June – Day of Africa’s Scientific Renaissance
    African science has a long history – just like the Calcium Copper Silicate also known as Egyptian Blue that was used as a blue pigment, discovered and chemically synthesised by ancient Egyptians from about 4600 years ago. That blue pigment was used, among other things, to give colour to the ancient goddess Nut, who represented … Read more
  • Celebrating Asteroid Day Across Africa
    Africa is celebrating Asteroid Day with a series of events starting on June 30th. Join us in the celebration from wherever you are! Thanks for our colleagues from AfAS who have compiled this list. BENIN Sirius Astro-Club, Benin will organise its first event at the University of Abomey-Calavi on 30 Junehttps://www.facebook.com/Sirius-Astro-Club-Bénin-104882745154428/ BOTSWANA Astronomical Society of … Read more