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Open day at H.E.S.S.
30 September 2012 — 30 September 2012
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
Open to the general public, with tours of the telescopes and control room, exhibition with posters and hands-on displays.
The H.E.S.S. site can be reached by car in about 1 1/2 hours, via the C26 (details see below), or using the transportation offered by the H.E.S.S. Collaboration (details to be announced).
Gamma-Ray Astronomers working on the telescopes will in attendance for the whole day to show visitors around.
Please bring hats, suncream, sunglasses, closed shoes, as most of the tour will be in the sun.
Bring your cameras along.
Cold drinks and food will be available.
The tour of the telescopes is free of charge.
Booking in advance not necessary.
See H.E.S.S web pages for background on the H.E.S.S. telescope system, on the technique and on the astronomy and astrophysics with H.E.S.S.
How to reach the H.E.S.S. site
The distance from Windhoek to the H.E.S.S. site on Farm Goellschau is 104 km, on a gravel road in a southwesterly direction. The road is maintained in regular intervals, and road quality varies with time since the last maintenance. The drive takes about 1 1/2 hours from the city center. Leave the city on Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue, passing the University of Namibia, and take road no. C26 to Walvis Bay. After 32 km, turn left to continue on C26 for another 72 km. The access to the H.E.S.S. site is through a gate about 0.5 km before the entrance to the farm Goellschau, on the right hand side, indicated by a sign. Follow the farm road for about 5 km, until you reach the telescopes.