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FAQ Policy. About this book Astronomy is the science of studying the sky using telescopes and light collectors such as photographic plates or CCD detectors. His film-making experience includes serving as an associate producer of the documentary titled The Ancient Astronomers of Timbuktu , where he guided a group of modern scientists engaged in the first exploration of the scientific contents of the great manuscript archives of Timbuktu. As the ancient papers are in grave danger of being destroyed by the ravages of time, the team is racing against the clock to unlock the mysteries of this incredible library before this valuable history is lost forever in the sands of the Sahara.
Prof Medupe grew up in a poor village outside Mmabatho and was inspired by Halley's Comet to build a crude telescope with a cardboard tube and lenses donated by a school lab technician. On an unforgettable chilly, windy night, he pointed his telescope at the moon and found himself looking at the mountains, plains and craters of another world.
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That's when I knew for sure that I was going to become an astronomer," says Prof Medupe. In , at the age of 17, he won a Science Olympiad and was awarded a trip to England to visit its science institutions. That was the first time he had been outside Africa. It increased my motivation to become a scientist," he says.