Sharing the sky

Back in February 2017, an annular solar eclipse swept across the southern hemisphere, and ended at sunset in central Africa. I was privileged to be with a fabulous team of educators at the Instituto Superior de Ciências de Educação do Huambo (ISCED) in Angola.

Recently, a teacher at ISCED, Eugênio Calei, contacted me about obtaining a telescope. I spoke to Zoe Chee at Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), a remarkable organisation that “builds and cultivates community through astronomy”.

After asking some excellent questions to learn more about ISCED’s needs, Zoe came up with a donated Orion SpaceProbe 130ST telescope that has never been used:

Orion SpaceProbe 130ST telescope donated to Astronomers Without Borders

AWB does astonishing things across the globe, such as sending 46,000 safety-checked and recycled eclipse glasses to low-income school districts and rural communities in South America for the December 2020 solar eclipse.

Thank you Zoe, and thank you AWB.

Published by Graham Jones

Astrophysicist and science communicator