GIS – 05 October 2017: A Sky Observation Programme, in the context of World Space Week, will be held in the evening of Friday 6 October 2017 at the Grand Bay Social Welfare Centre. The aim is to initiate Mauritian citizens to Astronomy and promote stargazing as a leisure activity.
The event, organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC), will comprise sky watch (moon, constellations, stars and visible planets) through telescopes, as well as film projections and presentations on Astronomy. Visitors will be provided with a sky chart to locate the different constellations, their time of visibility as well as their positions in the night sky.
The RGSC has already organised similar sky observation programmes in more than 20 locations around Mauritius and has seen the participation of some 10 000 visitors through this activity during the past 10 years.
World Space Week
In 1999, the United Nations declared the period from the 04 to 10 of October as World Space Week (WSW). These dates were chosen to commemorate two significant events in space history. On October 4, 1957 Sputnik I became the first human-made satellite to be launched into outer space. On October 10, 1967 the United Nations signed the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
Each year WSW encourages, educates and supports space exploration worldwide through various programs and activities centered around a central theme.
The main objective is to highlight the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition and to strengthen the link between space and society through space education and outreach events.
The 2017 World Space Week theme is Exploring New Worlds in Space.
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