Historical Section

Astronomical Observatory Campos Rodrigues, Mozambique, 1908

Section Director: Chris de Coning
Activity areas: History of astronomy in southern Africa
Specialists & Collaborators: Chris de Coning, Ian Glass, Auke Slotegraaf
Contact us: [ history@assa.saao.ac.za ]

The Historical Section was formed in 1992 with the purpose of establishing a strong historical record of astronomy in southern Africa. An on-line database, on-line archive and a physical archive has been established. All members (and families of deceased members) are invited to donate material to the archive.

Historical database

A database has been established that list and describe all historical events, observatories, people involved and more. This database focus on historical events in Southern Africa.

ASSA Archive

An archive has been established containing material from different astronomical establishments and societies in Southern Africa.

Website archive

The ASSA website archive collects web pages that have reached the end of their life cycle and stores them for future reference..

Events to commemorate

One of the important roles of the Historical Section is to look backward in time and thus to commemorate past events. Find out more by browsing through annual events to celebrate this year (and previous years).