ASTRONOMY HACKER SPACE is a hub that connects members from different backgrounds who share common interests in astronomy and space to work on cutting-edge ideas using the latest available technologies. The hackerspace has been created recently to support the efforts of The Tunisian Astronomical Society (S.A.T.) in encouraging the development of such creative ideas.
One definition of a hackerspace is a community workspace which operates on the principles of hacker ethics. Hacker ethics are expanded upon in a later section. Hackerspaces are a large set of differing places, with one ubiquitous feature: a community of enthusiasts.
Hackerspaces are community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects. In short, it is a real location to gather with like-minded people and hack.
Hackerspaces are typically very social environments, where information, tools, expertise and ideas are shared freely. Some social activities that occur at hackerspaces are:
The Tunisian Astronomical Society (S.A.T.) is a non-governmental scientific organization, founded in 1990 by a group of amateur astronomers. Its main objectives are to introduce Astronomy concepts to the Tunisian public and to supervise students in their academic research. SAT members who are merely unpaid volunteers (mostly students) meet regularly in order to study Astronomy, observe the sky and organize events that aim to simplify and popularize Astronomy, especially among teenagers all over the country, for free!
Among the SAT's main work strategies are the creation of regional Astronomy clubs and the introduction of astronomy courses to the official curriculum in primary and high schools and also at university level by providing the necessary human and material resources to the students for their academic research. The SAT publishes and translates into Arabic multiple scientific documents such as Tunisia’s yearly sky Ephemeris, besides it organizes and supervises different scientific seminars, conferences, workshops, internships, etc. The SAT is the official representative of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project in Tunisia. The CBSAP is a worldwide solar astronomy outreach program that takes observatory quality telescopes and cameras to regional schools in order to teach our youth about the Sun and its many interesting features.