First ever solar telescope in Wallonia to be installed at new astronomical observatory
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    First ever solar telescope in Wallonia to be installed at new astronomical observatory

    The Sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

    The University of Namur (UNamur) on Tuesday announced it is unveiling their newly built astronomical observatory in September which will be soon equipped with a large diameter solar telescope, the first of its kind in Wallonia.

    After the UNamur astronomical observatory is officially opened on September 7, local astrology enthusiasts will have to wait until early next summer to witness the unveiling of Wallonia’s first solar telescope.

    The solar telescope will allow visitors of the observatory to look at the sun in high definition. The acquisition of the solar telescope was supported by the Minister of Research and Innovation, Pierre-Yves Jeholet, and co-financed by the Walloon Public Service, who provided an 18,795 euro grant.

    “This observatory will once again enable Wallonia to distinguish itself in terms of teaching and research on an international scale,” Jeholet said. “I am also looking forward to its role in promoting young people’s interest in science, especially in the aerospace sector, which is currently looking for young and qualified staff.”

    Madeleine Fletcher
    The Brussels Times