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The accretion of African astronomy

from The Nigeria Guardian

Slowly but surely, astronomy has begun to accrete in Black Africa. Though not yet a "protoplanet" — or even a "planetesimal" — it clearly is taking on mass and evolving into a recognized, respected body of knowledge. Two recent indicators are prescient and promising. One is the recent formation of the African Astronomical Society, at a Cape Town, South Africa, meeting of the International Astronomical Union, with a Nigerian as president. The other is the interest sub-Saharan nations have begun to show in radio astronomy. more


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