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Kyrenia University to build observatory in mountains

21 April 2017


Kyrenia University plans to build a space observatory in the Besparmak Mountains.

A protocol was signed on Wednesday between the Ministry of Tourism and Environment and the University of Kerynia to set up the observatory.

The protocol was signed by minister Fikri Ataoglu and the rector of the university Prof. Dr. Ilkay Salihoglu.

At the signing ceremony, Prof. Salihoglu said that the project was aimed at the future of the country.

The observatory will serve science, aiding in the education of students and the public, Prof. Salihoglu said.

Tourism Minister Ataoglu said the project, which was being launched following extensive work carried out together with the Forestry Department, was exciting.

The fact that Cyprus has a unique geographical location with earlier sun rises and sunsets compared to the US and other European countries, will allow our observations to be used as a reference by other centres working on astronomy”, he said.

Ataoglu added that the observatory will help promote the TRNC and the University of Kyrenia, internationally.

It will pave the way for numerous joint projects with other international institutions, perhaps even bringing astronomers and students from all over the world to Cyprus”, he said.



  • Kibristan

    Fantastic prospects both for tourism interest and educational diversity.

  • GKR

    Nicos, why oh why do you continue to post such horrible comments, they do you no favours and in fact really show what sort of person you are, you can’t change the fact that if your lot hadn’t oppressed the Turkish Cypriots the intervention would never have happened, learn to live with your actions.

    • Nicos

      What horrible comment? The right wing TC posters here need a reality check about their utopian state in the north. They actually enjoy my posts and like arguing with me. It’s all friendly i can assure you. I must defend the lawful GC arguments here.
      The TCs in 1960s were actually oppressed by their right wingers who wanted intercommunal strife to further Partition. Unfortunately our right wingers did them a big favour with the Coup.

  • Nicos

    Great. I hope everyone who uses it gets to see all the stars and constellations with Greek names like Perseus, Andromeda, Orion , Cassiopeia and Ursa Minor. Enjoy. The children will then love to read about the Greek heroes who gave their names to the heavens!

    • turkishcypriot

      But you keep forgetting that you are no Ellena. Another great achievement from TRNC. This bothers you a lot, doesn’t it.

      • Nicos

        If I’m not an ellena than your not a tourko! If so why are we bothering! What’s so great about setting up an observatory if the foreign astronomers have to fly to another country first if they want to visit? Embarrassing.

        • turkishcypriot

          For your information, ERCAN is becoming an international airport.

          • Nicos

            Emmm. Last I checked all flights were to Turkey and all arrivals were from Turkey. I know Turkey is your world but you have to be able to fly direct to at least one more country to make it an international airport. Have you tried asking Azerbaijan?

    • Hulahoop

      I want to know why no greek is called by those names anymore.