Chance for learners to christen the new telescope

 Name this telescope and win a prize
Name this telescope and win a prize

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is running a telescope naming competition for its new one metre telescope, which is a recent addition to the collection of many national and international telescopes on our observing plateau near Sutherland in the Northern Cape.

The competition is open until March 18 to learners in grade 6 to 12 countrywide; participants are encouraged to send their suggested names in any of the South African eleven official languages accompanied by a 60 word motivation stating why their name should be considered.

“We are looking forward to the many exciting names that the learners will come up with, as well as meeting the winner of the competition at the telescope naming ceremony at Sutherland,” said Dr. Hannah Worters, an astronomer responsible for commissioning the new telescope.

Competition is open to learners in grades 6 to 12 countrywide (South Africa).

Learner’s entry should be accompanied by a motivation (maximum 60 words).

Learners should include their full names, grade, name of their school and contact number in their entry.

For online click on this website: http://www.saao.ac.za/competition/ or post their entry by no later than 18 March to:

South African Astronomical Observatory, P.O. Box 9, Observatory, 7935

The winner and one parent or guardian will travel to Sutherland to attend the naming ceremony. The learner’s name will be inscribed on a plaque attached to the building that houses telescope.

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