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ED: Looking to the stars

  • Published at 02:19 am January 19th, 2021
Representational photo | La Silla Observatory in Chile Bigstock

It is, then, a great idea to get our next generation interested in space

It is wonderful to see that the Bangladesh government is planning to build its first ever space observatory, in association with the Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARSSO). 

The observatory is to be named Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Space Observatory Centre, and is to be built in Bhanga upazila, Faridpur. The proposal has been accepted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and the Tk213 crore project is expected to begin under the authority of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

With sights on completion by June 2023, this is an exciting initiative at a time of much doom and gloom. In this coming decade, a new era in science will dawn globally, and there will be much focus on space. Governments around the world, and large private companies, are investing billions into infrastructure that may one day revolutionize space exploration. 

It is, then, a great idea to get our next generation interested in space right now. Bangladesh may one day play some part in these ambitious space projects we are seeing, but for that, first we must get the young generation excited and educated about the possibilities. Step one is, of course, a sense of curiosity and wonderment about what lies beyond our planet.

That sense of wonderment is exactly what this observatory project plans to foster, which is to be built on 10 acres of land, with a five-storey circular building with reflector telescopes, classrooms, laboratories, office rooms, and accommodation. 

A nation only strengthens the prospects of its next generations by getting them interested in science. Investing in looking to the stars, then, will have tangible benefits down here on Earth. The popularity of the Novo Theatre in Dhaka is testament to the fact that there is a thirst for this kind of knowledge. The observatory is just the logical next step.

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