The Dr. Bill Hrudey’s observatory gets a helping hand as two donors announce plans to raise $4 million for it to continue operations.
And they have already donated $1 million of their own money towards it. The funds will be used to employ an astronomer to work at the observatory.
Dr. William Hrudey’s observatory is getting a financial boost to keep his dream alive as two donors put money in a fund towards the observatory, Professor Ed Guinan says its great news.
“The observatory will live on, it will be useful training students other than in business you know,” said Prof. Guinan.
The funds will be used to employ an astronomer and continue the work at the observatory, the donation was announced at the Dr. William Hurdey Caribbean Astronomy Conference.
“I think that’s in the works they’re paperwork’s being done, so that is a major advantage for here,” said Prof. Guinan.
President of the Caribbean Institute of Astronomy, Isa Mohammed, said continuing on the work of Dr. Bill Hrudey and his observatory is important.
“Because at the moment the observatory is focused on solar imagery, focused on solar imaging and it’s very strong at that, but there are other aspects of astronomy that probably could be added in addition to the solar imaging,” said Mr. Mohammed.
He said Cayman ranks high due to Dr. Hrudey’s observatory and the contacts he has made for stem conferences.
“By additional funding and additional people, once it’s available and the work continues, Cayman Islands are actually pretty far ahead over many of the territories in terms of having a good research and astronomy programme,” said Mr. Mohammed.
To this end, Professor Guinan stressed the importance of creating a regional network for astronomy.
“So it would be changing facilities, the strengths, each place has its strengths and weaknesses, it would be to try to get them together as an organization,” said Prof. Guinan.