By Betty Kituyi (Coordinator Café Scientifique Uganda)
GalileoMobile named their recently held astronomy expedition in Uganda as, GalileoMobile in the Land of Beauty! The team were amazed by how green our country is and the trip took them from dancing with Ndere troupe to experience Uganda drams and dance in Kampala, to catching the rainbow at the source of the Nile, to blowing the flute at the Sipi falls and befriending the Chameleon while falling and trekking the muddy Sipi hills in Kapchorwa and standing at the Equator at Masaka!
But it was rare beauty indeed that was witnessed in this much endowed country on 3 November 2013! Uganda got to view the spectacular Hybrid total solar eclipse!
In Packwach at Owiny Primary School, the president of Uganda, his Excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni watched the total eclipse that occurred some minutes away from 5pm and the thousands of people from local and other countries of the world watching with him, broke in a moving singing of the Ugandan National anthem. The event was live on National UBC television that enabled the rest of the country to follow the eclipsing moments of these cosmic bodies! In Kampala, we were able to see the partial eclipse.
The Café Sci schools that participated in the September 2013 land of Beauty astronomy expedition phoned to say that the eclipse glasses donated by the Galileo Mobile made the event real for the students! St. Kizito reported to have made solar projections and will be sending the photos soon! This makes me fondly remember the importance of the special September expedition and how relevant the activities where to our students! Well done my Galileo Team!
Muhammed Khazali, a lover of astronomy, was able to avail 200 eclipse glasses through the Astronomy Without Borders Organisation! Three more Café Sci schools benefited! We also gave a pair of eclipse glasses to every member of my son’s class at Daffodils Academy! The school also gratefully received two Earth Balls (from GalileoMobile, much to the awe of children who gave me sweet complements and heard about GalileoMobile, Astronomy Without Borders and Café Sci for the first time!
We have received the Earth Balls and are already distributing them to the schools which are very delighted to use them as a teaching tool in Geography and science lessons.
GalileoMobile visited our country and permanently stirred in our youngsters the love for the universe!
Well done My Galileo Team.