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Welcome to the national SGAC page of Cyprus. Here, you can find an overview on Cyprus’ space sector and some information regarding scientific organisations in Cyprus and their upcoming events.
Here are a selection of events listed below, but if you would like to attend more of them, or become a member of any society, please use one of the links provided in the appropriate section to explore the organizations and meet the people involved in them.
For any queries you have regarding the given information, or any help you may need in order to contact scientific communities in Cyprus, please do not hesitate to contact the National Point of Contact of Cyprus.
Space Activities Overview in Cyprus
For the past years Cyprus has experienced an increase of interest from the public towards astrophysical phenomena. There are plenty of events organised that are open to the public, whether they involve observations, talks, or short courses for amateur astronomers.
However, we would like to see even more people and young scientists getting involved and thus create a network which will soon lead to significant scientific developments in Cyprus, like the construction of a national observatory.
So come along! Join a society, expand you scientific knowledge and help us make a difference.
The Kition Planetarium & Observatory:
Established in 2008, the Kition Planetarium & Observatory – based in Larnaca – offers a variety of presentations, events and workshops available in Greek, English and Russian.
Some of the projects the Kition Planetarium & Observatory is involved in, or coordinates, include: the “Cosmic Light Reaches Cyprus 2016” and NASA’s “Radio JOVE Project”. Also offered are several courses like the “Read the Sky” course for beginners and “The Sky is Alive” course, both expanding over 4 sessions.
A visit to the Kition Planetarium & Observatory will also give you the chance to take a look into the universe through telescopes and admire a collection of fossils and mineral rocks at their museum.
Take a look at their website and find out about everything that is going on there, some free of charge events you can attend and many other fascinating opportunities that will get you a step closer to the universe. People of all ages and educational backgrounds are welcomed.
The Cyprus Amateur Astronomy Community:
Since 2015, the Cyprus Amateur Astronomy Community – based in Nicosia – is operating with the aim to share the outstanding natural beauty of the universe with the citizens of Cyprus.
Open to all ages and educational backgrounds, the Cyprus Amateur Astronomy Community offers free of charge events to everybody who wants to explore this exciting hobby and enjoy plenty of star parties and observations. With stargazing being the main focus of this community, the Cyprus Amateur Astronomy Community promises a character building experience in an organization that will strive to adapt to whatever serves its members best. Workshops are organized for both newcomers and seasoned astronomers of the community.
Events are usually not planned months in advance but the community invites the public to keep an eye on their website and social media pages (links provided below) where it is easy to keep up to date with any spontaneous and interesting opportunities that might arise.
The Science & Space Cafe:
Since its doors opened in 2015, the Science & Space Cafe in Nicosia has been organizing events with the collaboration of scientific societies in Cyprus and welcoming guest speakers from every scientific area.
Do not miss out and take a look at the cafe’s social page (link provided below) and mark on your calendars any planned events. You can expand your scientific knowledge while enjoying a coffee with friends in a cozy environment decorated just appropriately for science lovers.
Upcoming Space-related Events in Cyprus
Observations of the Sun: The Kition Planetarium & Observatory invites you on the 22nd of June, 2016 at 18:00 to observe the star of our solar system, the Sun. The observations will be followed by a talk called “Sun our Star” at 18:45. To find information on how to get to the Kition Planetarium & Observatory, check their website: http://www.astronomycyprus.eu/.
Observations of Mars: The Kition Planetarium & Observatory organises on the 25th of June, 2016, a day dedicated to our neighbouring planet, Mars. At 20:00 there will be a talk called “Journey Along Mars”, followed by observations of Mars at 20:45. To get to the Kition Planetarium & Observatory use the information provided on their website.
Asteroid Day and Observations of Jupiter: The Kition Planetarium & Observatory along with the Science and Space Cafe organise a day dedicated to Asteroids. On the 30th of June, 2016, go to the Science and Space Cafe (https://www.facebook.com/ScienceSpaceCafe/) and enjoy a talk called “Danger from the Sky” at 20:00, followed by observations of Jupiter – the biggest planet in our solar system – at 20:45. For further details consult the Kition Planetarium & Observatory website.
Perseid Meteor Showers 2016: The Perseid Meteor Showers is an annual event lasting over a period of about 2 months that can be observed with a naked eye. This year, the peak of the showers will take place on the night of the 12-13th of August, 2016, and the Kition Planetarium & Observatory is inviting all of you to join their gathering at a sea site with low light pollution preceded by an informational talk on this breath-taking event.
Specific details about the location of the event will be made available on the organization’s website closer to the event.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Cyprus
Kition Planetarium & Observatory: www.astronomycyprus.eu
Cyprus Amateur Astronomy Community: www.amateurastronomy.com
Astronomical Society of Limassol: https://cyastronomy.com/en/index.php
Kition Planetarium & Observatory (Larnaca): https://www.facebook.com/groups/kition/
Cyprus Amateur Astronomy Community (Nicosia): https://www.facebook.com/amatureastronomycyprus/
Science & Space Cafe (Nicosia): https://www.facebook.com/ScienceSpaceCafe/
Astronomical Society of Limassol (Limassol): https://www.facebook.com/Astronomical-Society-of-Limassol-224614494240369/
Paphos Astronomy Club (Paphos): https://www.facebook.com/paphosastronomyclub/
An observation organised by the Kition Planetarium & Observatory.
A workshop at a school organised by the Kition Planetarium & Observatory.
A presentation carried out at the Kition Planetarium & Observatory.
A stargazing event organised by the Cyprus Amateur Astronomy Community at the presidential palace