Africa invests in astronomy

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Africa is the cradle of civilization, a land abundant in resources and natural beauty, and a continent rife with culture, art, and history. It’s also home to poverty and exploitation, torn asunder by decades of colonial and post-colonial forces that has left most of its people subject to enduring bouts of famine and disease. Yet, Africa is also experiencing a boom in science and technology, enjoying a surge in scientific funding in an attempt to become a knowledge-based and industrial economy. Specifically, political leaders across the continent have been investing millions of dollars in building a new line of telescopes that rivals, and in some cases surpasses, some of the best in the world. Taking advantage of low light pollution and year-round temperate weather, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), located in Sutherland, is one example of how astronomy in Africa is inspiring a new generation of engineers and scientists to advance scientific exploration and discovery.

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