Kilimanjaro Night Sky Research Job

Its time to realize that the beauty and peculiarity of Mt. Kilimanjaro does not only end with the presence of glaciated peak, being the highest mountain in Africa and having all major natural landscapes of the world. The Mountain also offers a spectacular view of the blessed dark sky spot on Earth, it gives opportunity to view billions of stars, planets, galaxies and constellation which have always been amazing to greatest scientists of all times. Watch the video below and see for yourself
The dark sky beauty is about to be threatened by light pollution which obscures the light from the sky to be seen clearly on our naked eyes as well as our telescopes. Tanzania is unique to have this spot as most countries have lost their natural dark skies by light pollution. It’s in our hands to protect and feel proud of having this spectacular spot which can attract people from all around the world to come and look at the skies above.
Dr. Noorali Jiwaji from Open University of Tanzania is on the lead of this project and would like to recruit a person or get information to serve the following purposes:
Getting  a site on Mt Kilimanjaro at around 2,000 meter level, or higher, where  a small piece of equipment that monitors the whole sky at night can be set up. The site should be an open space with no close obstructions so that even on the mountain side at most 20 degrees elevation of the view is not blocked by the mountain.
 “The site should have some human activity so that the instrument we place there can be secured from theft and wildlife. The site is  preferred to  be close to the mountain climbing route to allow regular access.
“The person being search for is preferred to have at least basic secondary education enough to take care of occasional maintenance of the equipment, take readings and would be paid for the work. “Alternatively the person should be able to visit the site at least once every two or three weeks and do maintenance and take readings; with the costs being covered and paid for the job.”
If you have any information which you think can help please contact Dr. Noorali Jiwaji through Tel: +255 713 517 009 or E mail: ntjiwaji@yahoo.com
In Swahili
Tunatafuta sehemu juu ya Mlima Kilimanjaro iliyoko katika  kimo cha mita 2,000 hivi ambako tunaweza kuweka vifaa vidogo vya kutafiti anga za usiku. Eneo liwe la uwazi bila uzuio wa miti au miamba ili hata upande wa kilimani anga isizuiliwe kwa zaidi ya nyuzi 20 hivi juu kwa upeo wa macho.
Eneo liwe katika sehemu ambapo panakuwa watu ili kuondoa hofu ya wizi au kuharibiwa na wanyama. Eneo liwe jirani na njia ya kawaida ya kupanda Mlima ili kurahisisha kufikia vifaa vya utafiti mara kwa mara.
Tunamhitaji msaidizi wakulipwa anayekaa jirani na eneo na amabaye ana kiwango cha elimu  kisichopungua cha secondary na kazi yake   itakuwa ni kuchukua vipimo, kutunza vifaa vya utafiti na kuvifanyia maintenance ndogo ndogo. Aidha, msaidizi atahitajika kuweza kufika katika eneo walau mara moja kwa kila wiki mbili kwa ajili ya kuchukua vipimo na kuvifanyia maintenance. Gharma za kupanda na kufikia katika eneo pia zitalipwa. Kama una taarifa zozote zinaweza kusaidia zoezi hili tafadhali wasiliana na Dr. Noorali Jiwaji kwa kutumia namba ya simu:+255 713 517 009 au barua pepe: ntjiwaji@yahoo.com
All photos were taken by  Kwon, O Chul from South Korea and much more can be obtained from http://www.twanight.org/newTWAN/results.asp
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2 thoughts on “Kilimanjaro Night Sky Research Job

  1. Chuck Ruehle says:

    Greetings.

    I may have some leads of folks on Mt. Meru, and perhaps some with ties to Kilimanjaro. I will follow up with Dr. Jiwaji.

    I will also send an e-mail to Mpanda with a report of my recent teaching experince on Mt. Meru.

    Chuck Ruehle

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