n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - A night under the stars : news note

Volume 75, Issue 5-6
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Students studying astronomy get to go on field trips, look through telescopes, visit the SAAO at Sutherland, and have their interest in the subject stimulated. In fact it is not astronomers we need in South Africa to develop and keep our big telescopes operating, it is computer scientists and engineers. Astronomers using data from SALT, MEERKAT and the SKA are part of a global pool of scientists, and can be located anywhere on the planet. Computer science and engineering students are not targeted for astronomy field trips (apart from those on the NASSP programme), which is why I, whilst working on systems engineering for the Square Kilometre Array, have been taking students to Anysberg Nature Reserve along with Cape Centre members.

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