In two years, we will observe the stars from the Observatory, President says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has expressed his belief that in two years the public will be able to observe astronomical phenomena, such as the Perseids meteor shower, from the sky observatory which will be operational by then.

President Anastasiades was addressing yesterday evening an event entitled “The Perseids at Troodos” at the Troodos mountain botanical gardens.

He hailed the Observatory project as “very important” for the Troodos region’s growth.

The Perseids, perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year, were at their peak last weekend.

“On my part, I have but one wish: For our Cyprus to always progress, for better days ahead,” Anastasiades said, according to a presidency press release.

The sky observatory will be built outside the village of Agridia.

The selection of the area was made due to the excellent weather conditions that allow for optimal sky observation.

The area is also strategic, since it is only 45 minutes’ drive from Cyprus’ biggest towns, the capital Nicosia and Limassol.

The whole project, which includes other works as well, is estimated to cost 1.6 million euro. Competent authorities believe that it will have a positive impact on the development of the wider area of Troodos and will contribute to education and tourist development.

source: CNA

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