America is what we think of as being one of the main forces in astrophysics. It was America that won the Space Race, America that formed NASA and planted their flag onto the Moon’s surface. Space flight only accounts for a small slice of American astrophysics, however; before and since, North America has been responsible for much of our astrophysical knowledge, from the astronomers of historic Mexico to Edwin Hubble’s discovery that the Universe is larger than just the Milky Way.
The history of astronomy in Asia is rich and valuable to astronomers to this day. Observations made in 11th century China are used as evidence for phenomena we can still see in the sky. There have been many ingenious minds that have made breakthroughs in science in Asia. Mathematicians like Aryabhata and Brahmagupta may be unfamiliar names, but their discoveries are as important as any other scientists to have lived.
Although the summer break has started for most university students, primary school children are still engaged in lots of online science experiments thanks to the Physics Outreach Team. We are indeed still running weekly STEM sessions with a primary school we have been working with continuously since last year.