Africa's super telescopes 'will inspire science boom'

Updated 5:15 AM ET, Thu December 12, 2013
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The South African Large Telescope (SALT) is one of the largest single optical telescopes in the world. The super-telescope is capable of seeing the faintest of lights in outer space. Courtesy: Dr. Stephen Potter
Sutherland -- four hours drive from Cape Town -- is ideal for studying the stars. The lack of light pollution, the clear skies and predictable climate are a perfect combination for astronomers. Courtesy: Dr. Stephen Potter
Stars light up the night sky in South Africa. The main observing site is 1,798 meters above sea level. Courtesy: Dr. Stephen Potter
SAAO receives funding from the South African government through the National Research Foundation. SAAO partners with international organizations from all over the world. Courtesy: Dr. Stephen Potter
The High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) is located in Namibia, near the Gamsberg Mountains, an area known for its excellent optical quality. Courtesy: H.E.S.S. collaboration
The HESS observatory operates with the collaboration of more than 170 scientists, from 32 scientific institutions in 12 countries. Courtesy: H.E.S.S. collaboration
Ethiopia received investment of $3.4 million to build two telescopes in the Entoto Mountains on the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa. Courtesy: ESSS
Engineers assemble the telescopes in the Entoto Mountains. Courtesy: ESSS
The Entoto Observatory is located about 20 kilometers from Addis Ababa. The site is 3,200 meters above sea level. Courtesy: ESSS
The modest office laboratories and guesthouses where Entoto's astronomers work and sleep. Courtesy: ESSS