Reach for the Stars!

Everyone knows about the sun(shine) in Larnaka, but what is lesser known is that the town also ‘reaches for the stars’…. and moon with its own planetarium in the district of Kiti!

The Kition Planetarium and Observatory – which was set up in 2008 – welcomes visitors by appointment, through tour operator groups, or at its events, which it holds in English, Russian and Greek throughout the month. The premises consist of a five-metre dome, an observatory, weather station and conference room, as well as an exhibition of fossils and geology, and a gift shop that also sells telescopes, amongst other things.

Most recently, the organisation marked International Sidewalk Astronomy Night, along with the rest of the world – an evening when telescopes are set up on urban streets to bring astronomy to the masses. Other events include screenings and planetarium shows, as well as family excursions.

Director George Troullias – who is a National Coordinator for Astronomers Without Borders and National Coordinator for UN World Space Week – says: “The aim is to encourage awareness of astronomical issues among the general public, as well as to get them involved in the world of discovery, exploration and wonder”.

For more information, you can contact: 99991111, or visit the Facebook page: Kition Planetarium & Observatory.


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