Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory (MMAO)

First light, Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory, Tanzania

Distance learning for home-bound students during the COVID-19 epidemic
With schools closed and teachers without pay, MMAO Ambassadors are using their time and their own resources to build a distance learning program designed specifically for home-bound students who do not own a computer and have only a smart phone at their disposal, with limited internet access. This program is well underway, with more than 400 students engaged on a regular basis.

Program Overview | A Guide for Teachers | Updates | Fund Raiser

As of April 20, 2020 we have launched a fund raising campaign to support the efforts of the MMAO Ambassadors Zacharia, Elineema, Eliatosha, and Eliona to continue development of this distance learning program for homebound students with limited internet access.

Born of Astronomers Without Borders and Telescopes to Tanzania, the Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory (MMAO) is operated by the Organization for Science, Education, and Observatory (OSEO). It is located at the foot of 4,500 meter (15,000 foot) Mt. Meru, adjacent to the renowned Arusha National Park, Tanzania.

MMAO provides hands-on science education, inspiration to Tanzanian youth, and the magic of dark night skies. The observatory features a fully refurbished, permanent mount, 12″ Cave-Cassegrain telescope and several portable reflector and refractor telescopes, and a growing library of books and periodicals and educational curriculum.

We welcome visitors from nearby schools, across Tanzania, and from around the world. So if you are visiting Tanzania for the first time, or live just next door, please contact us.