The people of Cyprus were renowned for having excellent astronomical knowledge.

Throughout the centuries seafarers used their celestial navigation skills to travel to Cyprus and beyond.

Astronomy has developed even further, and the young mind is always curious about the nature of celestial bodies and the deep connections between them and the Earth.

Now the KITION PLANETARIUM & OBSERVATORY feeds this students’ curiosity.

ASTRONOMY PRINCIPLES, a specially developed course for lyceum students as part of the KITION ASTRONOMY ACADEMY will start this October.

Lessons include theoretical knowledge, practical skills and step by step guidance, delivering basic understanding of astronomy and its methods.

The course will be delivered by the Astrophysicist Alexander Prokofyev.

Alexander Prokofyev graduated with honor the Department of Physics at Moscow State University (Lomonosov University). His scientific work is connected to “Cosmic Strings in Expanded Theories of Gravitation”. Nowadays he conducts research in archeoastronomy, organizes and participates in observations of total solar eclipses, meteor showers and asteroid occultations. He has publications in scientific and popular editions, and makes reports in both national and International conferences, from Cyprus to the USA. He is known for his pedagogical skills. For example, the students he prepared for the competitions of the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics achieved an ‘honorable mention’ level, entering the top half of the talented students on the planet. It is the highest ever award that Cypriot participants have achieved.

On completion of the course a participation certificate will be awarded. Booking in advance is obligatory.