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Cosmic beasts and where to find them

Gigantic galaxies discovered with the MeerKAT telescope

Two giant radio galaxies have been discovered with South Africa’s powerful MeerKAT telescope. These galaxies are amongst the largest single objects in the Universe and are thought to be quite rare. 

The fact that MeerKAT detected two of these monsters in a relatively small patch of sky suggests that giant radio galaxies may actually be much more common than previously thought.

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New year’s message – 2021

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AfAS Newsletter

Covered in this issue:

  1. AfAS Support of the OAD Extraordinary Call for COVID-19 related Proposals
  2. Reports from campaigns, meetings and events (Annular Solar Eclipse 2020, Postponement of AfAS 2020, WAISSYA, Transit of Mercury, Astronomy in Africa science business meeting, IAUS 356 in Ethiopia, etc.). 
  3. Announcements and updates from the Science and Outreach Sub-committees
  4. The AfAS Seed Research Grant call.

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Call for nominations to Outreach Committee

The African Astronomical Society (AfAS) is a pan-African professional society of astronomers, with multiple committees set up to implement its objectives. The Outreach Committee is tasked with enhancing the interest in astronomy amongst the public and facilitating the development of outreach practitioners across Africa. The Outreach Committee currently has 6 members,

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Working Groups of the Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee is setting up Working Groups on key areas of interest. Each of these groups have a definite focus, with members with expertise as well as passion in those areas. These groups will provide valuable service to the community and will be expanded as needed.

WG on Affordable Mobile Planetaria

This WG is tasked with developing,

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WAISSYA (West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers) is now PASEA (Pan African School for Emerging Astronomers)! Call for expressions of interest for hosting PASEA 2021.

Since 2013, WAISSYA has been organising week-long astronomy workshops for undergraduate and post-graduate students and teachers.  The workshop, facilitated by an international team of instructors bringing a wealth of experience in different fields, offers African science students the opportunity to inspire their scientific curiosity and interest in astronomy.

Before now,

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AfAS – One Year On: Renewed Commitment and Extended Mission in a World in Crisis

05 April 2020

AfAS – One Year On

Renewed Commitment and Extended Mission in a World in Crisis

Dear Colleagues and Fellow Astronomers

Just over three weeks ago, the AfAS Executive Committee took a difficult decision to defer its first annual scientific conference (AfAS2020),

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Postponement of The Inaugural Conference of the African Astronomical Society

Due to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) the Executive Committee (EC) of the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) has made the decision to postpone the inaugural conference of the African Astronomical Society (AfAS2020), initially schedule for the 16-19th of March 2020.

This difficult decision of the EC to postpone the holding of the AfAS2020 meeting to a later date,

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First Issue of the AfAS Newsletter

Covered in this issue:

  1. Announcement on AfAS membership: “Applications for AfAS Membership are now open “
  2. Save the date: Conference of the African Astronomical Society – AfAS 2020 (16 – 19 March 2020, SAAO, Cape Town)
  3. Announcement: Establishment of AfAS sub-committees
  4. Information on the AfAS Astronomy in Africa Science Business Meeting: Ethiopia,

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OAD/DARA Big Data Fellowship

OAD/DARA Big Data Fellowship (1 Year Contract)

The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) was established through a partnership between the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). The OAD is based at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town,

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