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Telescopes, previously installed at the Entoto Space Science Center have commenced operation!

Telescopes, previously installed at the Entoto Space Science Center have commenced operation!

The Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) observatory built in late 2013 based at Entoto, very close to the capital, Addis Ababa equipped with a full facility on its site including hostels, conference facilities, a computer center, a library has come a long way since.

The two space telescopes, previously installed at the Entoto Space Science Center (two alt-az Cassegrain-Nasmyth telescopes with instruments ranging from high resolution spectrograph to adaptive optics Tilt/Tip and high speed cameras) have commenced operation, now putting Ethiopia second in the continent next to South Africa in terms of accessing the deep space as stated by the Center Director, Dr Solomon Belay.

The observatory is expected to contribute very much towards the development of astronomy by creating opportunities both for student training in observational astronomy for 20 space science students starting from the coming new Ethiopian year as well as for cutting edge astronomy research creating a good opportunity not only for the country's space scientists but also for scientists in East African countries.

With discussions in efforts towards the incorporating space science into the curriculum of the country and the opening of the the regional astronomical office, known as Regional Office of Astronomical Development (ROAD) in Addis Ababa; Ethiopia finds herself amidst the unfolding of an exciting new era!