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A South African amateur astronomer won galactic acclaim recently when a distant celestial storm was named after him in recognition of his contribution to astronomy.
Measuring almost 4,800km in width, “Clyde’s Spot”, named after Pretoria-based home astronomer Clyde Foster, is one of several convective storms (plumes of clouds) that occasionally erupt above Jupiter, about 588 million kilometres from Earth.
But much closer to home, fellow South Africans now have the chance to pursue more Earthly fame by getting some equally remarkable natural phenomena named after them, albeit on a much smaller scale. ..