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Namibia is world-renowned for its incredibly dark skies by the astronomy community, and yet, the country is not well recognised as a dark sky destination by tourists and travellers. Forged by a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Namibia, together we are using astronomy as a means for capacity-building and sustainable socio-economi...
Astronomy plays a major role in the scientific landscape of Namibia and Southern Africa. Considerable progress has been achieved scientifically as well as in terms of human capacity development in the field. In all wavelength regimes accessible with ground-based instruments, the largest of those instruments are situated in Southern Africa: MeerKAT,...
The Nobel prize in Physics for 2011 was awarded to three astronomers for proving the accelerated expansion of the Universe. One of the hypothesized causes for the accelerated expansion is “Dark Energy”, a mysterious kind of energy whose physical properties we do not understand fully. This is the motivation behind the inception of the Dark Energy Su...
Studies of Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) in galaxy clusters can tell us about the metal enrichment of the intra-cluster medium, constrain the star formation history of cluster galaxies, aid us in the investigations of the progenitor systems of SNe Ia, act as trac- ers of the intra-cluster stellar population and can be used in measuring distances over...