Bresser Telescopes is supporting communities of underrepresented groups around the world who have been selected to receive telescopes signed by astronauts and Nobel Laureates. This is the first group of Bresser Telescopes to be distributed by the Telescopes for All: Inspiring Stars & Stars Shine for Everyone Collaboration.
Telescopes for All is a collaboration between the International Astronomical Union Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO), Stars Shine for Everyone (Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen, SSVI) and Universe Awareness/University of Leiden. The program seeks to broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike, to spark an interest in science, and to promote equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy. As part of the collaboration, 17 telescopes were donated by Bresser Telescopes.
The program received 172 applications endorsed by the IAU National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs) from 34 countries. The selected proposals will bring telescopes to children in rural areas in Cameroon and Tunisia, migrants and refugees in Spain, and children with hearing and visual impairments in Indonesia and Nepal, to name just a few.
The Bresser Telescopes have been awarded to the following proposals:
- Telescopes for All in the heart of Argentina, Villa Mercedes Astronomy Club, Argentina
- Seichu-Jurá Project, Sociedade de Astronomia do Maranhão, Brazil
- Making Space for All (MASA), The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
- Telescopes for All in Cameroon, Bilingual Secondary School, Cameroon
- A Telescope for the Mangilaluk School in Tuktoyaktuk, Canada
- Telescopes for All in Chile, “Hermanos Carrera” School, Angol, Los Lagos Region, Chile
- Telescopes for All in the Dominican Republic, ASTRODOM, Dominican Republic
- Telescopes for All in Haiti, Haiti, Groupe Astro-Jeunes-Ado, Haiti
- The Universe for Everyone, Andromeda, Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia
- Astronomy is Open to Everyone, Asif n Ait Bounouh Association for Culture and Awareness, Morocco
- Telescopes for All in Nepal, Blind Rocks!, Nepal
- Telescopes for All in Panama, Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Panama
- Mirando al Cielo, Paraguay
- Telescopes for All in Peru, Huaycán Cultural, Peru
- Socio-educative support for migrant and refugee children, Spain
- Telescopes for All in Tunisia, Enfidha Astronomy Club, Tunisia
- Astronomy for All, Saigon Astrokids (SAK), Vietnam
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a digital camera will be provided with each of the Bresser Telescopes, so that outreach professionals and science educators can conduct their observations and share them safely with their community online until safety measures allow for face-to-face interactions.
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