Jul 12 – 23, 2021
Europe/Berlin timezone

Astronomy Outreach and Education in Namibia: H.E.S.S. and beyond

Jul 13, 2021, 12:00 PM
1h 30m


Talk O & E | Outreach and Education Discussion


Dr Hannah Dalgleish (University of Oxford; University of Namibia)


Astronomy plays a major role in the scientific landscape of Namibia. Because of its excellent sky conditions, Namibia is not only frequently visited by astrophotographers but is also home to ground-based observatories like the High Energy Spectroscopic System (H.E.S.S.), in operation since 2002. Located near the Gamsberg mountain, H.E.S.S. performs groundbreaking science by detecting very-high-energy gamma-rays from many different objects. The fascinating stories behind many of them are featured regularly in the “Source of the Month”, a blog-like format intended for the general public with more than 170 features so far. Together with this digital format, H.E.S.S. outreach activities have always been covered locally, e.g. via ‘open days’ and guided tours on the H.E.S.S. site itself. An overview of the H.E.S.S. outreach activities will be presented in this contribution, along with discussions relating to the current landscape of astronomy outreach and education in Namibia. We will also touch on some of the significant activity in the country in recent months, which aims to use astronomy as a means for capacity-building and sustainable development. Finally, as we take into account the future prospects of radio astronomy in the country, momentum for a wider range of astrophysics research is clearly building – this presents a great opportunity for the astronomy community to come together to capitalise on this movement and further support astronomy outreach and education in Namibia.


outreach; education; sustainable development; capacity-building; Namibia; Africa

Collaboration H.E.S.S.
other Collaboration AMT
Subcategory Outreach and Education

Primary author

Dr Hannah Dalgleish (University of Oxford; University of Namibia)


Dr Heike Prokoph (Deutsches Elektron-Synchrotron (DESY)) Prof. Garret Cotter (University of Oxford) Dr Michael Backes (University of Namibia) Dr Eli Kasai (University of Namibia)

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