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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 organizations in Cyprus and their upcoming events.
There is 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 questions you may have regarding the information given, or any help you may need in order to contact scientific communities in Cyprus, please do not hesitate to contact the National Points of Contact of Cyprus.
Space Activities Overview in Cyprus
The government of Cyprus has taken steps towards providing opportunities for, and expanding the national scientific sector. On the 6th of July, 2016, Cyprus extended its collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) by signing a 5-year agreement, becoming the 11th country to sign ESA’s ‘European Cooperating State Agreement’. Government officials have also embraced the idea for the construction of a national observatory – an infrastructure highly desired by many scientists awaiting to take advantage of Cyprus’ clear skies.
For the past years Cyprus has experience an increase of interest from the public towards astrophysical phenomena. A plethora of events are organised and are open to all, whether they involve observations, talks, or short courses for amateur astronomers. However, we would like to see even more people and young scientists becoming a part of the scientific network of Cyprus.
So come along! Join a society, expand your 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. 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. A selection 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. Take a look at the official website and social media page; and find out about some fascinating opportunities that will get you a step closer to the universe. People of all ages and educational backgrounds are welcomed.
The Cyprus Astronomy Organization
The Cyprus Astronomy organization (CAO) is a newly-established community based in Nicosia consisting of mainly amateur astronomers from diverse backgrounds aiming to inspire curiosity about the universe and provide educational opportunities to the citizens of Cyprus. Open to people of all ages and educational backgrounds, the CAO offers 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 CAO also acts as the ambassador of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) whose purpose is to preserve and protect the dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. Keep an eye on the community’s website and social media page to keep up to date with any spontaneous and interesting opportunities that might arise.
The Cyprus Space Exploration Organization
The Cyprus Space Exploration organization (CSEO) was established by key international people in industry and academia with the primary mission to advance Cyprus as a prime sustainable space industry location. The CSEO promotes scientific research and development in the field of space exploration, enhances and actively develops the local space industry, and bridges the academic and industrial collaborations. It aims to lead to advancements in the high-tech industry and form collaborations with other space-faring nations in scientific, space, and planetary missions.
CSEO has formed strategic partnership with a number of governmental organizations, ministries and bodies, most universities of Cyprus, EU officials, research institutions, the private sector and the media. Its mission and vision is to galvanize the local talent into applied high-tech innovation and produce results that are of public benefit. Thus, it actively builds – locally and internationally – the future generation of scientists, via education and outreach. For all announcements of events, refer to the organization’s official website and social media page.
The 1010 Asteroskopeion
Situated in Old Nicosia, the 1010 Asteroskopeion opens its doors to all members of the public. Its mission is to introduce the field of astronomy to the people of Cyprus and create a large and active community of amateur astronomers across the island. Stargazing sessions and astronomy lectures are organised weekly providing a good mixture of education and entertainment. One level below the observatory, visitors can find the 1010Hall which is a multifunctional Art House. Here visitors can admire works of art or enjoy a lecture relevant to astronomy or astrophysics. For all updates and events, please refer to the organization’s social medial page.
The International Dark-Sky Association – Cyprus Chapter
In March 2017, the Cyprus Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) was officially established. The IDA Cyprus Chapter is maintained by the Cyprus Astronomy organization and works to protect the night skies for present and future generations. The team’s goals are to advocate for the protection of the night sky and educate the public and policy makers on the night sky conservation. Initiated by astronomers, it is an effort to cope with light pollution and intends to empower the public with tools and recourses to help protect the dark sky. For more information visit the organization’s official website or social media page.
The Science & Space Cafe
Since its doors opened in 2015, the Science & Space Cafe in Nicosia has been organising 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 media page and mark on your calendars any planned events. You can expand your scientific knowledge while enjoying a coffee with friends in a cosy environment decorated just appropriately for science lovers.
The Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace project
The Columba-Hypatia is an astronomy outreach project by GalileoMobile and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research. The project was born out of a desire to use astronomy as a tool to promote meaningful communication between the various communities living in Cyprus, and to inspire a sense of global citizenship by looking beyond borders. The team is made up of professional astrophysicists, experts in astronomy, and experts in peace and education who carry out fun, educational workshops bringing together children and youths from the entirety of the island. To find more information on the project or upcoming astronomical events, please visit the project’s website and social media page.
Country-Specific Events in 2017
Astronomy to Support the Antidrug Society Event, September 2017: The Kition Planetarium & Observatory invites you to the “Astronomy to Support the Antidrug Society” event organised on the 30th September 2017 at 18:00 at Larnaca’s Finikoudes beach. Tag along to support the anti-drug community and get a chance to observe some extraterrestrial objects. For contact details please visit the organization’s website.
The Sky is Alive Course, October 2017: The Kition Planetarium & Observatory invites you to attend “THE SKY IS ALIVE” course this October. The first out of the 4-sessions long course will be start at 19:00 on the Friday 6th October 2017. The course will be conducted by a guest astrophysicist, Alexander Prokofyev, and will offer you an insight into the surface of the Moon, variable stars, the trajectories of asteroids, and many others along with telescope observations of celestial bodies. To find information on the registration (deadline: 2nd October) and for instructions on how to get to the Kition Planetarium & Observatory, visit the organization’s website.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Cyprus
1010 Asteroskopeion: Social media page
Science & Space Café: Social media page
Paphos Astronomy Club: Social media page
House of Science: Social media page
A visit from Columba-Hypatia to a primary school
A lecture given by 1010 Asteroskopeion in the 1010Hall
Lecture on light pollution given by the International Dark-Sky Association at the Limassol pier on June 2017