I’m Samyukta, a Kenyan based Applied Mathematics graduate from the University of Cape Town. Understanding our place in the Universe is an endeavour I approach with a multitude of methods, including science, design, development, observation, and sociocultural perspectives.

I’ve always been drawn to the night sky, and fascinated by the scale and scope of our cosmic home. The sky speaks to us in patterns about how we got here, and where we are going. To me, observing has always been a way to experience the sky directly. It allows an unfiltered, unbiased interaction of my senses with the wonders that populate the night sky.

Astronomy forces us to consider our place in the cosmos, and can be a critical first step towards leading a more deliberate, considerate, and meaningful life. By sharing the experience of direct observation with people, I hope to inspire people with a sense of the fragility and ephemerality of our home planet.

ARTICLES

Feb 2020 // Space in Africa // Why Natural Scientists Should Talk To Social Scientists: The Case For Interdisciplinary Dialogue In Astronomy

Jan 2019 // Space in Africa // Planning an ‘Astronomy for Development’ project in Africa

Sep 2018 // Space in Africa // Want to become a professional astronomer? This is what you should do

DEVELOPMENT WORK (Project Co-ordinator)

Sayari is a development pilot project funded by the Newton DARA Fund through the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development. The project involved collaborating with lodges in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, training their guides in ethnoastronomy, light pollution awareness, and telescope operation. Sayari aimed at kickstarting the astrotourism industry, and hopes to ultimately provide employment opportunities to young graduates across the country.

DESIGN FOR ASTRONOMY

Flyers for the International Astronomical Union Office of Astronomy for Development (IAU-OAD) General Assembly 2018, held in Vienna, Austria.

Infographic+poster pair for the African Astronomical Society (AAS), designed for the Mercury transit on 11th November 2019.