Come join us in celebrating Africa and Astronomy in Africa this Africa Day on 25 May!
As we celebrate Africa Day on the 25th of May, let us use this day to reflect on and appreciate the remarkable achievements made by the nations and individuals on this African continent. We should recognise that these successes have come through hard work, perseverance, and a deep understanding of the unique challenges that Africa faces. Yet, despite these difficulties, Africans have shown extraordinary resilience and a determination to succeed. As we commemorate Africa Day, let us commit ourselves to harness this spirit of resilience and creativity to continue advancing towards a brighter future for Africa and its people.
In honour of Africa Day, turn your eyes to the stars and embrace the wonders of the cosmos. Astronomy is a gateway to understanding our place in the universe and the unique role that Africa plays in it. It offers a platform for cross-cultural collaboration and opens doors for scientific and technological advancements. Therefore, we encourage you to use this day as motivation to promote and engage in astronomy activities. Whether it be stargazing, attending astronomy lectures, or participating in community outreach events, we can show the world the depth of talent and creativity that Africa has to offer. Together, let us create a brighter future for the continent through the exploration of the cosmos.
Share your African experience with us!
We’d like the World to get involved and celebrate what Africa means to them.
We encourage everyone to share an original picture or short video (under 5 mins) based on what you most love about Africa or your favourite African experiences. This could be anything: you can tell us about your culture, language or share your fondest memory from your time in Africa.
Examples could include:
- An interesting or beautiful place in Africa
- A welcome to where you live in Africa, in your home language
- People in cultural clothing/indigenous attire
- Videos of singing and celebration, storytelling, reciting poetry, etc
- Pictures of the African dark night skies
- Pictures of your astronomy community/facilities in Africa
- A Drawing, image or painting showcasing aspects of astronomy in Africa
- Videos of people greeting in their home languages
Please share your photo/story/video on social media platforms using the hashtags #AfricaDay and #AfricaLookUp, alternatively, you can also email us your submissions to info @ astronomy2024.org (with “Africa Day Submission” and your name as the subject line) and we will share them on our website and social media platforms.