The Hindu Girls’ College won one of the 12 Telescopes in the 2021 edition of the Telescopes for All project.
The 2021 Telescopes for All project received 225 applications from 54 countries. The proposals were selected with the active support of the National Outreach Coordinators (IAU NOCs).
The IAU NOC for Mauritius received nine (9) proposals. The proposals came from academic and non-academic institutions, including NGOs in Mauritius. Each was reviewed and endorsed by a panel of four (4) judges.
The telescope awarded to Hindu Girls’ College is an Optical BRESSER telescope that can provide incredible views of the moon and planets. Astronauts, including Nobel Prize winners, signed the telescope.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a digital camera was supplied with the telescope. This will allow schools to conduct observations and share them safely with everyone.
The Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), along with the Stars Shine for Everyone and Universe Awareness/University of Leiden, initiated this annual global project “Telescope for All”.
The mission of the OAO is to engage everyone in astronomy through access to astronomical information and communication of the science of astronomy. This is implemented through a network of IAU NOCs.