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Boyden Observatory is situated 26 kilometres east of the city of Bloemfontein in South Africa. In addition to its role as an astronomical research station, Boyden Observatory also has a Science Education Centre, under the auspices of the University of the Free State and with the support of its donors and the Friends of Boyden.

Boyden is committed to bringing a high standard of scientific education and exposure to the public and youth. A Boyden Educational Assistant programme is in place, consisting partly of members from the Bloemfontein Centre of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), which assures a high level of quality during presentations and telescope observations. The observatory has an active educational programme and is one of the most publically accessible observatories in the country, providing a memorable experience to all its visitors, including school groups from all backgrounds.

The observatory hosts frequent public events in the form of open evenings and a regular weekly event on selected Fridays. In addition, groups and schools can also visit Boyden on appointment during the week and weekends. Visitors can choose from a variety of digital presentations, ranging from topics such as human and robotic spaceflight, planetary exploration, astronomical themes for all age groups (e.g. The Solar System, Mars, Zoom Journey to the Stars etc.).

In addition to open evenings for the public, groups of people, organisations, and schools are welcome to arrange their own visits to Boyden. International amateur astronomers or tourists are also welcome to visit the observatory.


Faculty Manager: Ms Lee-Ann Frazenburg
T: +27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Mrs Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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