Reach for the stars

As the world was celebrating 100 years of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) on Tuesday 12 February, a school in Khayelitsha was launching its own astronomy academy.

Molo Mhlaba Primary School hosted astronomy day on Tuesday where young girls were taught the planets of the universe, including the movements of the earth and the moon around the sun.

The girls were also taught about the solar system of the galaxy and the universe as a whole. As part of its celebrations, the IAU celebrated women and girls in astronomy by dedicating February 12 as IAU 100 Women and Girls in Astronomy Day.

The IAU aims to increase the awareness of progress in astronomy, in particular the importance of the collaborative enterprise of astronomy and technological development for progress in the field.

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