In May 25, 2012, when AFRICA - via South Africa and partners - won the bid to host the Lion's share of the Square Kilometre Area (SKA), an historical ripple was sent into the records of the history of our scientific achievements, as a continent. For the fist time over the past 100 years and potentially more, AFRICA will host not only a science Nobel Prize winning machine but also a formidable platform that will trigger a multitude of initiatives at the interface of several scientific disciplines. Discoveries and/or consolidation of (forgotten) evidences are naturally bound to be achieved. Already, we foresee by 2020, AFRICA playing a leading role in unveiling and key aspects of the Dark Universe. Either on the Dark Energy and/or the Dark Matter component. Aspects bound to pay a foundational role in how we make Life better here for us in AFRICA and Mankind. A node in this will stand strong in Central Africa, with one of its pillars firmly anchored in the Kongo-Ogooue Bassin, our Lung. Already the nation has poured some of its wealth into setting up an Earth Observation Agency (AGEOS) endowed with a functioning 7.5 m ground station for satellite image acquisition. The station has a radius of action of ~ 3000 km centered on Nkok (Gabon).
---- What does a Lung do? It re-energetizes the body. What a symbolism!
Next Bang: Around the time of the September 1, 2016 annular solar eclipse, once more visible from Gabon and other parts of MIGHTY AFRICA.
To join: Interact!
How does parts of equatorial central Africa look like when the Sun fades for a couple of seconds at about noon? Come, see and live it in GABON on November, 3 2013 at about 2 pm local time. There will also be a regional workshop with lots of local activities. Read more and join the century's total solar eclipse here.
Gabon is right in the core of the "Bassin du Congo", the second largest pristine tropical rainforest ecosystem in the world (second after the Amazonia). It is litterally the second lung of the planet. There fore the Lung of Africa. The national question is therefore:
how to lead the ecological Renaissance of the World in preserving this unique asset (enjoy a quick snapshot here) ?
Through Space (at Large) !
One of the goals of the recently launched Gabonese Earth Observation Agency (AGEOS) Program is to set up a regional centre for satellite data acquisition and analysis with the aim to monitor the evolution of the entire "Bassin du Congo-Ogooue", our lung.
A core vision for us is therefore to explore all the possibilities to systematically couple Astronomy & Space Sciences promotion with initiatives related to the preservation of our unique Planet from Gabon & AFRICA.
Our message : Yes, Astronomy & Space Sciences can save our unique Planet and it's Fun ! What are your thoughts and how can we act together ?
Dear Visitor , this is a question to you from an emerging jewel, Gabon. Please share with us your thoughts on how to make some extra money, for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Gabon, using - among others - this website. Write us (okouma AT hotmail.com).
The idea of having somewhere in Africa (may be in Gabon) a workshop on the African contribution to Natural Sciences from 3000 B.C.E to now is being discussed. We could title it "From IMHOTEP to EMEAGWALI". An optimal coupling with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 celebrations would be the optimal design.