The call for a Pan-African professional society of astronomers goes back several years. In 2008 both Peter Martinez (South Africa) and Pius Okeke (Nigeria) published articles on ways to develop astronomy in Africa, the latter specifically calling for the formation of a Pan-African African Astronomical Society.
Outline of Activities and Responsibilities
Human Capital Development
Awareness and Outreach
Hosting international telescope projects
Public and School Visitors
Staff numbers and Affirmative Action
The SALT Telescope
SALT Spectrograph blue-throughput problem
Analysis of Publications
Challenges facing SAAO
Today's launching of the Office of Astronomy for Development (the OAD) is historic, not only for South African astronomy and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), but also for the International Astronomical Union.
On 16 April in Cape Town, the South African Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Naledi Pandor, launched the IAU Global Office of Astronomy for Development at the headquarters of the South African Astronomical Observatory.
To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore pointed Hubble's eye at an especially photogenic pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273.
Boyle was awarded one half of the prize with George Smith for inventing the charge-coupled device (CCD). Boyle and Smith were both working at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey when they made their discovery in 1969 - Boyle was director of device development at the lab and was Smith's boss; Smith was a department head. The other half of the 2009 prize went to Charles Kao for his work on optical fibre.
According to tradition Ara was the altar used by Centaurus the Centaur to offer sacrifices of animal origin. Ara, ranked number 63 in terms of size, is located between Norma to the west and Telescopium to the east.