An optical observatory in Kenya

Lead Research Organisation: STFC - Laboratories

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Description Kenya Observatory 
Organisation Kenyatta University
Country Kenya 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This project is to develop the case for an optical observatory in Kenya together with associated outreach and engineering skills enhancement. We brought together academic researchers in Kenya, UK and South Africa and held 2 workshops in Edinburgh and Cape Town to study the prospects and requirements for an observatory in Kenya. Our contributions were to the science case for a small research telescope on the equator, technical expertise on the engineering involved, meteorological expertise on site selection,
Collaborator Contribution The partners in Kenya brought thier local knowledge for potential sites, astronomical education, outreach already in place and engineering capability
Impact Documents are being prepared by the partners reporting on the 3 workshops held within this project and a 'Prospectus and Roadmap for an optical observatory in Kenya' will be written
Start Year 2018
 
Description Kenya Observatory 
Organisation Liverpool John Moores University
Department Astrophysics Research Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This project is to develop the case for an optical observatory in Kenya together with associated outreach and engineering skills enhancement. We brought together academic researchers in Kenya, UK and South Africa and held 2 workshops in Edinburgh and Cape Town to study the prospects and requirements for an observatory in Kenya. Our contributions were to the science case for a small research telescope on the equator, technical expertise on the engineering involved, meteorological expertise on site selection,
Collaborator Contribution The partners in Kenya brought thier local knowledge for potential sites, astronomical education, outreach already in place and engineering capability
Impact Documents are being prepared by the partners reporting on the 3 workshops held within this project and a 'Prospectus and Roadmap for an optical observatory in Kenya' will be written
Start Year 2018
 
Description Kenya Observatory 
Organisation South African Astronomical Observatory
Country South Africa 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This project is to develop the case for an optical observatory in Kenya together with associated outreach and engineering skills enhancement. We brought together academic researchers in Kenya, UK and South Africa and held 2 workshops in Edinburgh and Cape Town to study the prospects and requirements for an observatory in Kenya. Our contributions were to the science case for a small research telescope on the equator, technical expertise on the engineering involved, meteorological expertise on site selection,
Collaborator Contribution The partners in Kenya brought thier local knowledge for potential sites, astronomical education, outreach already in place and engineering capability
Impact Documents are being prepared by the partners reporting on the 3 workshops held within this project and a 'Prospectus and Roadmap for an optical observatory in Kenya' will be written
Start Year 2018
 
Description Kenya Observatory 
Organisation Technical University of Kenya
PI Contribution This project is to develop the case for an optical observatory in Kenya together with associated outreach and engineering skills enhancement. We brought together academic researchers in Kenya, UK and South Africa and held 2 workshops in Edinburgh and Cape Town to study the prospects and requirements for an observatory in Kenya. Our contributions were to the science case for a small research telescope on the equator, technical expertise on the engineering involved, meteorological expertise on site selection,
Collaborator Contribution The partners in Kenya brought thier local knowledge for potential sites, astronomical education, outreach already in place and engineering capability
Impact Documents are being prepared by the partners reporting on the 3 workshops held within this project and a 'Prospectus and Roadmap for an optical observatory in Kenya' will be written
Start Year 2018
 
Description Kenya Observatory 
Organisation University of the Highlands and Islands
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This project is to develop the case for an optical observatory in Kenya together with associated outreach and engineering skills enhancement. We brought together academic researchers in Kenya, UK and South Africa and held 2 workshops in Edinburgh and Cape Town to study the prospects and requirements for an observatory in Kenya. Our contributions were to the science case for a small research telescope on the equator, technical expertise on the engineering involved, meteorological expertise on site selection,
Collaborator Contribution The partners in Kenya brought thier local knowledge for potential sites, astronomical education, outreach already in place and engineering capability
Impact Documents are being prepared by the partners reporting on the 3 workshops held within this project and a 'Prospectus and Roadmap for an optical observatory in Kenya' will be written
Start Year 2018
 
Description Nairobi Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact In February 2019 a week long workshop was held in Nairobi to bring to a local audience of university staff and post- and under- graduate students, local school children and their teachers, local community leaders from areas where a telescope may be situated, local media, telecomms and engineering companies and The Travelling Telescope a company proving astronomical outreach activities to schools and the general public.
Sessions were held on
Science with a research telescope on the equator,
STEM skills needed to develop the observatory,
Outreach activities associated with the observatory,
Communications with remote sites
Astronomy and the observatory in a development context
Engineering capabilities in Kenya
Local community leadership and tourism opportunities
There was a press conference held towards the end of teh week which resulted in 2 articles in local newspapers and 1 in Physics World
http://taifaleo.nation.co.ke/?p=17392
https://www.nation.co.ke/health/Kenya-mulls-hosting-its-first-astronomical-observatory/3476990-4988584-775lm3/index.html
https://physicsworld.com/a/kenya-eyes-locations-for-the-countrys-first-observatory/


Associated with this workshop were 2 field trips to potential sites for the observatory. Measurements of atmospheric conditions were made, the topography with respect to access assessed, and general meteoarological observations made.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019