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Development in astronomy and space science in Africa

The development of astronomy and space science in Africa has grown significantly over the past few years. These advancements make the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals more achievable, and open up the possibility of new beneficial collaborations.

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Fig. 1: The Entoto Observatory and Research Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Fig. 2: The Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory, Kuntunse.

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This paper is dedicated to all of the people who somehow contributed to the development of A&SS in Africa. Without them all of this would not be possible. In addition, this paper was inspired by sessions SS23 and LS7 during the 2018 European Week of A&SS (EWASS). Both sessions were supported by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Royal Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union Office of Astronomy for Development, European Astronomical Society, International Science Programme, and Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy project.

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Pović, M., Backes, M., Baki, P. et al. Development in astronomy and space science in Africa. Nat Astron 2, 507–510 (2018).

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