An Online Interactive Experience for Students and Teachers from all over Greece

Friday 23 October 2020 (19:00 – 21:00)

The sky is a vast and unique laboratory for the study of natural sciences, always in operation, available at any time for anyone from wherever it is and in which all kinds of natural phenomena take place, many of which cannot be reproduced in any science lab.

The observation of the sky always impressed man and led him to the study of nature and the understanding of the natural laws that govern it. In an effort to transfer the unique experience of Astronomical Research to the Greek school classrooms, the Skinakas Observatory opened its gates “online” to the Greek Educational Community. The Observatory is located on Psiloritis Mt. in Crete at an altitude of 1750 meters and its operation is coordinated by the Department of Astrophysics (IA) of the Institute of Technology and Research (FORTH).

On October 23, 2020, students and teachers from 17 Greek and 1 International Schools connected online to the Skinakas Observatory and for two hours had the opportunity to contact the researchers working there and watch how they planned the telescope observation program for that night. Students and teachers were guided to the premises of the observatory and saw in operation the Observatory’s giant telescope.