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

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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.

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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.

Atlas Dark Sky – A dark sky reserve in Morocco

The Astronomical Observatory of the Oukaimeden is leading a citizen project of great importance. This project, named “Atlas Dark Sky” consists in creating an reserve of dark sky covering a large territory including the Toubkal National Park in Morocco. An International Dark Sky Reserve, as defined by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), is a territory that has a starry sky of exceptional quality and is protected for scientific, educational or culture purposes, as well as for the purpose of nature preservation.

This project has several partners in Morocco, Canada, U.S.A, Spain, and France. The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science is a partner of this project.

On the 8th of Mars 2018, the first workshop about this project took place at Tanhaout, Morocco.

More information (in french) may be found on the flyer for the March, 8th workshop here.