Dr. Salihu Zubairu is a Lecturer in the Physics Department of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and he has designed an 84-inches reflecting telescope for space studies.

Zubairu displayed the fabricated telescope while briefing reporters on Wednesday in Yola.

He said that as an indigene of Michika in Adamawa, he decided to unveil his fabrication in the state.

According to him, he had written a letter to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, to solicit government's support and that he has been asked to collaborate with the Centre for Basic Space Sciences, at Nsukka, Enugu State, and the National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja.

Zubairu, who is still awaiting feedback from relevant agencies, said the government support would enable him to perfect the fabricated telescope to the required standard.

He said that he was also in talks with the Adamawa government.

According to Zubairu, Nigeria needed to join the league of international space observers by supporting such innovations.

“Space science will help Nigerians to become more knowledgeable on the environment and enable us to be able to detect impending disasters.

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“It will assist us to be able to monitor our space effectively and also enhance our National security," Zubairu said.

The lecturer, who is an Ophthalmic Optician, said that other fabrications by him include a sniper telescope, a moon tracker, a solar projector, binoculars and an optical microscope.

A reflecting telescope is one that causes an image to reflect at a focus point by using mirrors. It was invented during the 1680s by Isaac Newton.

These telescopes improved the previously used refracting telescopes by giving a clearer picture.

Refracting telescopes use lenses to focus the light, while reflecting telescopes use mirrors. 

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