On the Moon again – 2020 Edition

Dear Moon Observer,We are really excited to announce the 2020 On the Moon Again Edition!

Save the date: June 26 to 28

Please register here: www.onthemoonagain.org and check out materials to publicize your event.

We hope you’ll be with us again for this edition. There were more than 1,300 public events in 77 countries last year! We need your help to reach more and more moon observers in your country. Be On the Moon Again ambassadors!

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OISA 2020 “Spectroscopy in Astrophysics”


We are pleased to announce that the Sixth Oukaimeden International School for Astrophysics (OISA) will take place in Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco from Monday, April 13th to Friday, April 17, 2020. OISA is a thematic doctoral school proposed by the Laboratory of High Energy Physics and Astrophysics (LPHEA) and the Oukaimeden Observatory. This edition will be organized in the framework of VLIRUOS project, a cooperation program between Antwerp University (Belgium) and Cadi Ayyad University (Morocco). The scope of this edition of the school covers the following fields:

• Spectroscopy of variable stars
• Near Earth Objects spectroscopy
• Radial Velocity for exoplanets
• Spectroscopy instrumentation
• Practical sessions of data processing

More information on http://marrakech-astro.uca.ma/oisa2020/


In pursuit of Ultima Thule in Senegal

On January 1, 2019, the American space probe New Horizons flew over the Thule Ultima asteroid. Located far beyond the planets of the Solar System, it is the most distant object ever explored by a human-made spacecraft.

A few months before the flight, American, Senegalese and French astronomers gathered in Senegal to prepare this unprecedented meeting more than 6 billion kilometers from Earth. An exceptional NASA mission made in Africa, with the participation of the team members of the African Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences, to make a success of the meeting with Ultima Thule.

The film shot during the NASA Mission to Senegal in August 2018, with the support of MESRI (Senegal), ASPA, CNES, IRD and Uranoscope de France, is available online at the following link: https://youtu.be/Ow3O4bjxRm8

Director: Yseult Berger
Production: leblob.fr 2019



With “Vigie-Cratère”, become an impact crater hunter

Participate in the search for new impact craters thanks to the Vigie-Cratère participatory science program! This innovative platform, open to all, allows us to explore the relief of our planet to identify discrete or invisible circular structures on satellite imagery. This citizen science program, available in French and English, allows as many people as possible to learn more about impact processes and to help scientists better reconstruct the history of collisions with the Earth.

Continue reading “With “Vigie-Cratère”, become an impact crater hunter”


Henri Poincaré Junior Program of the Côte d’Azur Observatory

The Henri Poincaré Junior Program of Côte d’Azur Observatory is open (deadline, October 31, 2019).  This one proposes internships for international students wishing to perform a scientific training in one of the laboratories of the observatory. The laureates will receive up to 2200 euros for a training period of 2 months or more during the first half of 2020.


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Join On the Moon again and find sponsors for your event in Africa

You want to join On the Moon Again ? Make sure first that you have registered on www.onthemoongain.org

You need telescopes for your event ? We have prepared for you a sponsorship file to be submitted to potential sponsors – download it and adapt if for your event.

The sponsorship file has been prepared by Meriem El Yajouri in Morocco and is acknowledged here for sharing the file across Africa to increase the number of African explorers of the Moon !

Sponsorship file On the Moon again (English version)

Rejoignez on the Moon again et trouver des sponsors pour votre évènement en Afrique

Vous voulez rejoindre On the Moon Again ? – Assurez-vous d’abord que vous êtes inscrits sur www.onthemoongain.org

Vous avez besoin de télescopes pour votre événement? Nous avons préparé pour vous un dossier de parrainage à soumettre à des sponsors potentiels – téléchargez-le et adaptez-le pour votre événement.

Le dossier de parrainage a été préparé par Meriem El Yajouri pour le Maroc que nous remercions ici pour ce partage à travers l’Afrique afin d’augmenter le nombre d’explorateurs africains de la Lune!

Dossier de parrainage On the Moon again (version française)





NASA mission in Senegal – A source of inspiration for young Senegalese scientists


Introductory words by David Baratoux (translation from French speech)
In presence of Maram KAIRE (ASPA), Heath Bailey (USA Embassy in Dakar), Laurent Perez-Vidal (French Embassy), and the public of the “Théâtre de Verdure” of the French Institute in Dakar

As we will discover tonight, the space exploration of our Solar System, the planetary and space sciences are areas that are not restricted to a few nations around the world.

These sciences are first of all a source of inspiration and motivation for young people who face the learning of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, or engineering sciences. Exploring the solar system leads to combine the learning of these fundamental disciplines, essential for innovation, with a huge part of dream, and also of excitement in front of the first images of new worlds, as we will discover one tonight. Participating in this adventure of space exploration of our solar system can play a role in education from primary school to university. Continue reading “NASA mission in Senegal – A source of inspiration for young Senegalese scientists”


Mission NASA au Sénégal – Evénement exceptionnel le 2 mai de 19h à 21h à l’Institut Français Léopold Sédar Senghor

Nous vous invitons au Théatre de Verdure de l’Institut Français Léopold Sédar Senghor le Jeudi 2 Mai de 19h à 21h pour revivre les moments forts de la mission de la NASA au Sénégal, mission qui a préparé le succès du survol du plus lointain objet jamais exploré dans le système solaire: l’astéroïde Ultima Thulé ou 2014MU69.

Cette soirée sera l’occasion d’un échange avec les participants à cette mission, une intervention en direct des chercheurs de la NASA, et la première projection d’un film tourné au Sénégal en Aout 2018 lors de la mission de la NASA par Universcience (voir un extrait).

Nous vous attendons nombreux pour cette soirée exceptionnelle aux confins de notre système solaire (Entrée gratuite) !




Win your telescope with RFI and participate to “On the Moon again”

In this year anniversary of the first step of Man on the moon, the broadcast  “Autour de la question (in French) (Around the Question) on RFI is associated with the global event “On the moon again” to offer to one of our listeners an astronomical telescope that the laureate will to put in the street and share during the nights 12th and 13th, July 2019 as part of the international event “On the Moon again” which encourages telescope owners all over the world to go out on the night of 12th to 13th July for observing the moon.

The winner of the contest will be released at Caroline Lachowski’s broadcast “Around the Question” on May 22nd, with the participation of Sylvain Bouley, Sébastien Vauclair, Jean-Philippe Uzan, and David Baratoux.


En cette année anniversaire du premier pas de l’Homme sur la lune, l’émission Autour de la Question sur RFI s’associe à l’évènement mondial « On the moon again » pour faire gagner à un de nos auditeurs, une lunette astronomique que le lauréat devra sortir et partager les 12 et 13 juillet 2019 dans le cadre de l’évènement international « On the Moon again » qui encourage les possesseurs de télescope, partout dans le monde, à sortir dans la nuit du 12 au 13 juillet pour observer la lune.

Le lauréat du concours sera dévoilé lors de l’émission “Autour de la question” de Caroline Lachowski, le 22 Mai prochain, avec la participation de Sylvain Bouley, Sébastien Vauclair, Jean-Philippe Uzan, et  David Baratoux.



On the Moon again – July 12-13, 2019

Dear observer of the moon,

Thank to all of those who already registered for the On the Moon Again event. In less than 100 days, we will be numerous around the world to release our telescopes to share the beauty of the Moon with passersby. A map of all observers and educational content will be available by June on the on the Moon again website.

300 participants in 40 different countries have already registered. We hope that Africa will be widely represented !

Take the lead on your local On the Moon again event and communicate as you like about it (social networks, local newspapers, municipality, associations, …).

Feel free to use the flyer below (click to download a pdf version in french or english).


For your information, a photo contest will be organized to reward the most beautiful photos illustrating this event. Among the lots, we can announce that a lunar meteorite and several telescopes will be to win. More information will be sent by July.

Good spring to all!
The team On the Moon Again


Eastern Africa Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Space Weather Capacity Building Workshop 13th – 17th May, 2019 Pwani University

This workshop is the second workshop organized with the framework of the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences in 2019 (following the first AFIPS workshop in Ethiopia. 


Presentation of the workshop

Continue reading “Eastern Africa Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Space Weather Capacity Building Workshop 13th – 17th May, 2019 Pwani University”


A message from Prof. Trigo-Rodriguez who leads the Meteorites, Minor Bodies and Planetary Science Group at the Institute of Space Sciences

Prof. Trigo-Rodriguez who leads the Meteorites, Minor Bodies and Planetary
Science Group at the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC/IEEC) encourage applications from African students for master and Ph.D. thesis.

Continue reading “A message from Prof. Trigo-Rodriguez who leads the Meteorites, Minor Bodies and Planetary Science Group at the Institute of Space Sciences”


First AFIPS workshop, February 4th-7th, 2019, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) and Bahir Dar University are hosting the first “Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science” Workshop on the 4th – 7th, February 2019.

The workshop will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

More information (registration form, abstract submission) can be found at http://etssti.org/invitation-for-workshop/

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The stellar occultation by the asteroid Ultima Thule in Senegal – An opportunity for the development of Astronomy in Africa

On the night of August 3rd to 4th, American, Senegalese and French scientists will meet in Senegal to observe a new stellar occultation by MU69, before the flyby of this object by the New Horizons spacecraft (NASA) on January 1st 2019. This Observation campaign is an opportunity to promote scientific culture, and bring science and researchers from the general public around a global astronomical event.

Consult here the list of public activities in relation with the stellar occultation.

Read the CNES-IRD-CNES press release

Consult press review

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Development in astronomy and space science in Africa

The development of astronomy and space science in Africa has grown significantly over the past few years. These advancements make the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals more achievable, and open up the possibility of new beneficial collaborations.

This month, a team of astronomers, led by Mirjana Pović, from the Entoto Observatory in Ethiopia summarizes the last institutional developments in Africa to develop astronomy and space science and how these efforts contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. The article is published as a comment in the journal Nature Astronomy.

The article may be read online here:

Pović, M. et al. (2018) Development in astronomy and space science in Africa. Nature Astronomy.


Call for AFIPS workshops proposals

Evaluation in progress – Decision will be posted on August 15th, 2018

Lire la version française.

The objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen the African vision for developing Planetary and Space Sciences at the local, national, or regional scale. Proposals are invited for the organization of two 4-day workshops in 2018, to involve African researchers and international participants. The two workshops will be financially supported by the European Association of Geochemistry and Geochemical Society.

The deadline for submission of proposals is extended to June, 10th, 2018.

Download the text of the call for proposal.


Appel à propositions pour des ateliers AFIPS

Evaluation en cours – la décision sera diffusée le 15 Aout 2018

Read the english version

L’objectif de cet appel à propositions est de renforcer la vision africaine pour le développement des sciences planétaires et spatiales à l’échelle locale, nationale ou régionale. Nous invitons à soumettre des propositions pour l’organisation de deux ateliers de 4 jours en 2018, impliquant des chercheurs africains et des participants internationaux. Les deux ateliers seront soutenus financièrement par l’Association Européenne de Géochimie et la Geochemical Society.

La date limite pour la soumission des propositions est étendu au 10 Juin 2018.

Télécharger l’appel à propositions.


The Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech) officially endorses the AFIPS

Lire la version française

The Cadi Ayyad University (UCA) has officially announced its support for the AFIPS Initiative through a letter of endorsement from its president Prof. Abdellatif Miraoui.

The UCA is very active at the African scale in the sciences of the Universe. It hosts in particular a very dynamic astronomical observatory (Observatory of Oukaimeden, in the Altas Mountains) led by our colleague Prof. Zouhair BENKHALDOUN, who is also a membe of the AFIPS.

Oukaimeden Observatory (Cadi Ayyad University)

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Call for participation to the Pan African STEM Video Game Challenge 2018

The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Spaces Sciences (AFIPS) and the Pan African STEM Video Game challenge 2018 have decided to join forces to engage African students with STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Planetary and space scientists across the world are invited to contribute to this event that will take place in Africa.
Continue reading “Call for participation to the Pan African STEM Video Game Challenge 2018”

IAU symposium 356 – Nuclear Activity in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time

This is the second announcement of the IAU symposium 356 on ‘Nuclear
Activity in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time’, to be held in Addis Ababa in
Ethiopia, from October 7 – 11, 2019. We apologise if you received this
information multiple times. Please take a note that deadline for
abstract submission is next Tuesday 30 of April.

This is only the third symposium to be held in Africa in the past 100
years of the IAU. Currently many African countries are putting huge
efforts in developing astronomy and space science for their long-term
socioeconomic benefits. Therefore, beside revising the physics behind
AGN, another important aim of the IAU 356 symposium is to contribute to
the development of astronomy in Ethiopia and Africa in general. Please
help us in achieving these aims, by coming to the meeting and sharing
your knowledge and experience, and by
forwarding this information in your research centres and within your

Many thanks in advance, and we are looking forward to host you in

Best wishes, and have a nice day,

Mirjana Mpovic
on behalf of organisers

Second announcement
IAU symposium 356:
Nuclear Activity in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time
7 – 11 October 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


With this conference we would like to achieve two main goals. First, we
want to provide a general overview of recent findings and progress in
observations, simulations, and theory of AGN from the local universe up
to high redshifts. This includes the following questions:

1. What have we learnt from AGN multiwavelength studies and what can we
expect from future instruments such as eROSITA, JWST, Euclid, CTA, SKA,
E-ELT, Athena, etc.?

2. What is the current status of the unification model of AGN? What are
the components distinguishing type-1 and type-2 AGN?

3. What do we know about AGN host galaxies? What is the effect of AGN on
their host galaxy and how important is AGN feedback compared with
stellar feedback in the context of preserving (or not) SMBH scaling
relationships at low and high redshift?

4. What is the status of AGN theory and numerical simulations regarding
AGN triggering, including mergers and secular processes, AGN disks, AGN
outflows and the shutting off of AGN activity?

5. How well we understand the origin of jets and their impact on galaxy
evolution? What evidences do we have for AGN positive and negative
feedback across cosmic time? In what kind of environments AGN reside?

6. How precisely can we measure BH mass at different redshifts?

7. What are the properties of highest-redshift AGN? What do we know
about AGN evolution?
Secondly, we aim at strengthening the development of science in Ethiopia
and Africa and opening new space for collaborations between Africa and
other parts of the globe for the benefit of all.

– Multiwavelength AGN surveys: past, present, and future
– AGN types and unification
– Variability
– Active black holes and their host galaxies
– Triggering, feedback and shutting off AGN activity
– Jets and environment
– Highest redshift AGN and AGN evolution

– Abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2019
– Regular registration closed: 01 September 2019

Students training, outreach activities, and teachers training will be
organised before, during, and after symposium, respectively, by
conference experts.

– Niel Brandt (Penn State University, USA)
– Claudio Ricci (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile)
– Paulina Lira (Universidad de Chile, Chile)
– Petri Vaisanen (SALT-SAAO, South Africa)
– Francoise Combes (Observatoire de Paris, France)
– Raffaella Morganti (ASTRON, Netherlands)
– Benny Trakhtenbrot (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Discussions will be organised after each session, and will be summarised
and chaired by SOC members

– Mirjana Pović (ESSTI, Ethiopia) – chair
– Paola Marziani (INAF, Italy) – co-chair
– Hagai Netzer (Tel Aviv University, Israel) – co-chair
– Pheneas Nkundabakura (University of Rwanda, Rwanda) – co-chair
– Isabel Márquez (IAA-CSIC, Spain)
– Miguel Sánchez Portal (IRAM, Spain)
– Vincenzo Mainieri (ESO, Germany)
– Sylvain Veilleux (University of Maryland, USA)
– Itziar Aretxaga (INAOE, Mexico)
– Andrew C. Fabian (University of Cambridge, UK)
– Mara Salvato (MPE, Germany)
– Lisa J. Kewley (Australian National University, Australia)
– Jian-Min Wang (Institute of High Energy Physics – CAS, China)
– Prajval Shastri (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India)
– Bradley M. Peterson (STScI, USA)
– Nebiha Shafi (HartRAO, South Africa)
– Bililign T. Dullo (Universidad Compultense de Madrid, Spain)

– Mirjana Pović (ESSTI) – chair
– Solomon Tessema Belay (ESSTI) – co-chair
– Alemiye Mamo Yacob (ESSTI) – co-chair
– Jerusalem Tamirat (ESSTI) – co-chair
– Feleke Zerihun (ESSTI) – co-chair
– Josefa Masegosa (IAA-CSIC, Spain) – co-chair
– Getachew Wollel (ESSTI)
– Mekbeb Tamrat (ESSTI)
– Sebhat Tadesse (ESSTI)
– Daniel Fikadu (ESSTI)
– Fraol Lenjisa (ESSTI)
– Biruk Abrham (ESSTI)
– Dugasa Belay (ESSTI)
– Alazar Seyoum (ESSTI)
– Eyoas Ergetu (ESSTI)
– Christopher D. Impey (University of Arizona, USA)
– Getinet Feleke (Kotebe Metropolitan University and ESSTI)
– Etsegenet Getachew (ESSTI)
– Zeleke Amado Beyoro (Kotebe Metropolitan University and ESSTI)
– Tilahun Getachew Woreta (Bule Hora University and ESSTI)
– Shimeles Terefe (Jimma University and ESSTI)
– Betelehem Bilata (Debre Birhan University and ESSTI)
– Tolu Biressa (Jimma University)

We will strongly try to achieve 50% – 50% of female – male participation
all parts of symposium organisation, and will take a special care to
participation of experts from all geographical locations. Child care
will be provided.

For more information, registration, and abstract submission see