Naval Hill Planetarium workshop


One of the world’s leading planetarium soft and hardware producing companies, Sky-Skan, will be in Bloemfontein tomorrow to host the country’s first ever digital sky academy workshop.

The five-day workshop will be held at Naval Hill Planetarium and will run up until next week Tuesday. Professor Matie Hoffman of the University of the Free State, will be one of the presenters. He says the workshop aims to educate society about the astronomy data including the galaxy, the moon and the stars.

He explained that the country is regarded a key role player in international astronomy due to some of its big projects such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT).

According to him, those who attend the workshop will walk away with a better understanding of how the universe works.

“The focus of the workshop will be on important scientific data into the fulldome software, so that the data can be visualised on a planetarium dome. It will also include data from the world of science,” he said.

He added that the workshop will only be open to the public to attend on Saturday at 18:30 and on Tuesday at 09:00. Only 40 to 80 people can be accommodated. To attend, one must RSVP by sending him an SMS on 083 625 7154.