Public Lecture

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At the edge of solar system



The Trans Neptunian Objects are remnants from the early Solar System formation. They are small icy bodies orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune's orbit. From 1992 onwards, hundreds of new objects, some of them a thousand kilometres in diameter, have been detected. The visible frontier of the solar system has been pushed back, and a new region unveiled: the Kuiper Belt.


Although the reclassification of Pluto is the most visible consequence of these discoveries, it is also one of the least fundamental. The study of these trans-Neptunian objects, at the edge of the solar system, has now become one of the most active branches of planetology. What we are finding beyond the orbit of Neptune is providing us little by little with the key to subjects as diverse and fundamental as the troubled history of the solar system, its ‘architecture’, the origin of comets, and even the formation of lunar craters.

Postgraduate Entrance Exam Result

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Announcement of Postgraduate Entrance Exam Result for the 2009 Entry

Entoto Observatory and Research Center (EORC) is pleased to announce the top applicants who passed the postgraduate admission requirements of the EORC through competitive evaluation.

Entrance Exam date

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To: All MSc. and PhD Graduate Programme Applicants at Entoto Observatory and Research Center (EORC) for the 2009 EC Academic Year

        Subject: Written and Oral Exam Date Announcement

 The Scientific Committee of EORC has decided the exam date and selection criteria of MSc. and PhD graduate programme applicants for the 2009 E.C Academic year. The exam date and selection criteria information are listed hereunder.

Call for paper

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East African Astronomy africaSociety(EAAS) 


June 29-July 03, 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Call for Papers

The 5th East African Astronomical Society Annual workshop will be held from June 29-July 03, 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Astronomy for the Better Life of the Society.” Host organizers are Entoto Observatory and Research Center (EORC), East African Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (ROAD), Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MoE),

NASA Administrator Visit EORC and Public Talk at AAIT

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One of the strategic goals of EORC is to strength national and international collaboration in Astronomy and Space Science by inviting scholars, exchange programs, bilateral relations and so on. Friday's visit is the result of EORC effort. NASA's Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. will visit Entoto Observatory and Research Center on Friday 07 Nov, 2014 from 1:30 -3:20 PM . After EORC visit Bolden will give Public talk on Title ' Africa’s In General & Ethiopia’s Development Initiative In the Space Science In Particular' at AAIT organized by EROC, AAIT and USA Embassy in Addis Ababa.

Postgraduate Entrance Exam Result

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Announcement of Postgraduate Entrance Exam Result

Entoto Observatory and Research Center (EORC) is pleased to announce the top applicants who passed the postgraduate admission requirements of the EORC through a competitive evaluation. For the initial intake, EO provides opportunity for a limited number of applicants in recognition of the available resources. Therefore, EORC staff extend their warmest congratulations to the top applicants who passed the admission requirements.

The lists of successful applicants who passed the EORC admission requirements in line with reserve applicants are outlined in the table herein. Accordingly, the specific date of program enrollment will be communicated to you via e-mail. 

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Entrance Exam Date

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To all MSc and PhD applicants at Entoto Observatory and Research Center for 2007/2014

Subject: Entrance Exam Date

Entoto Observatory and Research Center Scientific Committee has decided the date and selection criteria of MSc. and PhD applicants as follows:
1. Exam day for MSc and PhD applicants: For all applicants the written exam will be conducted on 17 September 2014 at 10:00 am and oral exam (presentation) for only PhD applicants will be conducted from 18-19 September 2014 at AAIT.

ESSS 8th General Assembly

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Ethiopian Space Science Society will hold its General Assembly on 8-9 March 2014 according to Information, Education and Communication Committee of the society. Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAIT) hall at 5 kilo, Addis Ababa University, will host this important two days event.


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Vacancy Announcement 


Positions:  Remote Sensing, Communication Satellite, and Satellite Designer Engineer,

Post date: 07 February, 2014

Deadline: 23 February 2014

Institution/ Academy: Entoto Observatory

Submission Address for Resumes/CVs

Attention To:  Dr. Solomon Belay Tessema

Title: Director

Organization:  Entoto Observatory

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

P.O.Box: 8412

Country:  Ethiopia



Mobile: +251912010792


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Job Announcement:

Entoto Observatory is a new facility close to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. It is an independent research institute, run and owned by 32 public Universities plus one private university. It is the first research level optical observatory in East Africa and aims to become a hub of astronomical, space science and technology research and training in the region. It is currently commissioning two 1-m telescopes with state of the art instrumentation, including imagers and spectrographs, with capabilities for very high time-resolution. The observatory is also involved in site testing for a larger telescope in the Lalibela region.

The Earth Observation and Satellite Technology Research Division at Entoto Observatory is looking to appoint a Senior Staffs to initiate and lead competitive research projects at Entoto, and together with the Head of Earth Observation and Satellite technology Research Divisions in the observatory. A generous amount of research time will be available as well as possibilities to continue prior collaborations.

The post will be filled at an Assistant Professor level, or above in the area of remote sensing, Masters and above in the area of Communication Satellite and Designing Engineer

Minimum requirements:

·        PhD in remote  sensing with teaching and research  experience

·        MSc in Satellite communication and Designing Engineer with teaching and research experience

·        An outstanding research and publication record in the above fields. The research field should be such that Entoto facilities can be used

·        Teaching and student supervision experience will be a benefit

Roles and responsibilities expected of the applicant:

·        Lead competitive  research projects in remote sensing, satellite communication, Satellite designing  and teams at Entoto

·        Design, construct, train researchers, and take a leading role in the day-to-day science operations

·        Use his/her independent research time to publish world-class results, using both Entoto and other facilities

·        Start and maintain international collaborations

·        Teach and supervise MSc and PhD students

·        Conduct summer schools and seminars

·        Help finalize the establishment of  instruments

Benefits include:

·        Basic Salary  Birr 8,165.00 for Assistant Professor and Birr 6907.00 for Masters

·         House allowance Birr 4000 .00 for Assistant Professor and Birr 3500.00  for Masters

·        Research grant to take part in international conferences

·        An opportunity to play a leading role in the pioneering stages of  research in remote sensing, satellite communication, and Design  in Ethiopia and East Africa

Applicants should send their CV including a publication list, along with a cover letter including a statement of research and teaching interests and experience, preferably in PDF format, to  or  with a subject line "Earth Observation and Satellite Technology Position".   Applicants should also arrange for a minimum of three letters of recommendation to be sent by email directly to the same email address.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but only those received by February 23, 2014 will be assured full consideration.  The appointment is expected to start immediately.  Entoto Observatory is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer; women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Entoto Observatory

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia