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Remember when you were still in school and would've done anything to enjoy a night under the stars learning about the galaxy and Milky Way?

A team of young, vibrant astronomers (and lovers of astronomy) called Five Star Skies is quite literally "reaching for the stars" with their wonderful initiative that teaches learners (and their parents) about astronomy in a fun and interactive way.

Five Star Sky is a Soweto-based company founded in 2014.

The business tackles rural youth unemployment and the under-utilisation of astronomy as an asset. With the help of the Johannesburg Planetarium, Five Star Sky launched its first school astronomy club at Dendron High School in Limpopo in April.

The company aims to create astronomy clubs throughout the country, with the hope of inspiring future South African astronomers and astronauts.

702's John Robbie spoke to the founder of Five Star Skies, Sydney Mathebula, an entrepreneur who is passionate about astronomy.

Robyn, who nominated Five Star Skies for this year's Small Business Awards, says on the night Five Star Skies had age appropriate activities planned for the children and a presentation for the parents too.

He says the business has a fantastic team of young, vibrant astronomers and has a great potential.

People go and pay a thousand bucks to stay in a fancy hotel when we have such a beautiful night sky in South Africa. It's royal; a real five star treatment.

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