This project was for the Université De Namur in Belgium. The observatory will serve as an exceptional education place not only for our students but also for kids and teens in the area. They will have the chance to discover astronomy with state-of-the-art equipment and will have an impressive first experience that will inspire them for the rest of their life. Dr. André Füzfa, professor of mathematics at Université De Namur and the pilot of this observatory project.
The observatory is dedicated to Antoine Thomas, a mathematician, jesuit priest and latter imperial astronomer in Beijing. He was born in Namur, just a couple hundred meters away from the observatory, in 1644. Since it was the Jesuits that settled the university of Namur in 1831 and the old observatory in 1883, it was quite natural to choose the personality of Antoine Thomas for naming the observatory.