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Reaching for the stars

Ever wondered how telescopes work? If you’ve wanted to get your hands on a telescope and learn how to use it, February 10 may be your lucky day. A free introductory workshop is being organised by Venus Project: Cyprus Astronomy and Polichoros: A World Without Borders.

The evening will start out with a presentation in English at 6.30 on how telescopes work, before moving onto a hands-on workshop on how to use a telescope at 7pm. Half an hour later, when you’ve gotten the hang of it, you will have the chance to observe the night sky with the available telescopes.

The event takes place under the starry night sky, and in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Wanting to mark this special day in a unique way, the two organising bodies are putting together events led by female astrophysicists and scientists.

Right before the Telescope 101 class begins, astrophysicist Natalie Christopher will give a talk at 6pm about the challenges and triumphs of female astronomers past and present. An uncommon focal point for Cyprus, the talk is the perfect chance to get to know some of the key women who have overcome prejudice and exclusion to make significant contributions to our understanding of the universe.

An accompanying photography exhibition will be displayed at Polichoros: A World Without Borders.

Reaching for the Stars: Learn How to Use a Telescope & Tales of Female Astronomers Written Out of History
Free interactive workshop on how to use a telescope (6.30pm) and talk by astrophysicist Natalie Christopher (6pm). February 10 at Polichoros: A World Without Borders, Nicosia. For inquiries, email [email protected] or call 97-681067

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