30 June – Day of Africa’s Scientific Renaissance

Burial chamber in tomb of Ramses V_VI in Valley of the Kings West Bank Luxor Egypt. Credit: Tim Adams

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 the celestial dome.

Today, Egyptian Blue (CaCuSi4O10) is a well researched nanomaterial used for its infra-red reflective properties in advanced technologies. Today, African Science develops new technologies to study our celestial home and far beyond.

Join us in celebrating African Scientific Renaissance Day on June 30h. We want to use the Moon to bring all of us Africans together. In collaboration with the African Astronomical Society, we invite you to share your stories and songs about the Moon. 

How to take part:

We invite you to create a 2-3 minute video on your phones of your stories and songs, either as a selfie or of someone you know telling it. Send them to us through

WhatsApp: +27 (0)82 403 0908 

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.

Happy African Astronomers
Elated astronomers celebrate a successful bid in Vienna.


Africa is leading major astronomy projects; be inspired by the results from SALT, HESS, MeerKAT and the dawn of the SKA era!


Be part of the movement that will encourage further growth and investment in astronomy on the African continent.


An enduring legacy and vibrant community of astronomers in Africa linked to the IAU.

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