Diyarbakir Zerzevan Sky Observation Event Begins

Diyarbakir Zerzevan Sky Observation Event Begins
Diyarbakir Zerzevan Sky Observation Event Begins

Diyarbakır Zerzevan Sky Observation Event, where history and science meet with the stars, begins. The event, which will be held for the second time this year, will bring together sky lovers. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank and Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu will open the organization, which will be held at Zerzevan Castle in Diyarbakır on 9-12 June. From workshops to telescope observations, astro sohbetThe participants of the event, which will host many events from concerts to concerts, will stay in tents to be set up around the castle.

ON UNESCO LIST

Zerzevan Castle, which has a history of 3 thousand years, is shown among the 10 places where the best sky observations are made in Turkey. The castle, which was included in the World Heritage Tentative List by UNESCO in 2020, and the Temple of Mithras inside the castle, attracts the attention of not only archeology, but also science and sky and nature enthusiasts.

SECOND TIME IN ZERZEVAN

The event, which will be held for the second time this year, will be held under the auspices of the Ministries of Industry and Technology, Youth and Sports, Culture and Tourism, and under the coordination of TÜBİTAK with the support and contributions of Diyarbakır Governorship and Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality, Karacadağ Development Agency and Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA). .

VARANK AND KASAPOĞLU TO OPEN

Industry and Technology Minister Varank and Minister of Youth and Sports Kasapoğlu will open the event on 9 June. Diyarbakır Governor Ali İhsan Su, President of the Presidency's Digital Transformation Office Ali Taha Koç, TÜBİTAK President Hasan Mandal and over a thousand young people will attend the event with their families. Ankara ambassadors of many countries and many foreign journalists will also follow the program.

DETERMINED BY LOT

Approximately 6 people applied online to participate in the event. 600 thousand 2 of them were students. It was noteworthy that 600 percent of the applicants were women. Applications were evaluated as a result of drawing lots. More than a thousand sky enthusiasts, half of them from Diyarbakır, will attend the event, where the youngest participant is 56 and the oldest participant is 1 years old.

MUSIC CONCENTRATION

On the opening day, Turkish Space Agency President Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım will explain the National Space Program and the activities carried out within the scope of the program. Head of the Zerzevan Castle Excavation Assoc. Dr. Aytaç Coşkun will share with the participants the work carried out on the Zerzevan Excavations every evening for three days. Diyarbakir State Classical Turkish Music and Civilizations Choir will perform a concert in front of the castle for two days.

INTERESTING PRESENTATIONS FROM SCIENTISTS

During the event, scientists; Interesting presentations on different topics such as exoplanets, satellite technologies, stars in mirrors, light pollution, let's get to know the sky, misconceptions about basic astronomy, what is in the sky, asteroids passing close to the ground, star occultations, space weather, pulsars and black holes, polar studies. will make.

MEETING WITH THE STARS

In the program, professional and amateur astronomers will study the sky and meet the stars. Participants will also learn about the astronomy work that took place at the Mithras Temple thousands of years ago. During the event, which aims to increase the interest of young people in space with the vision of the National Space Program, seminars, competitions and many activities related to astronomy will be held.

SPREADING TO ANATOLIA

The Ministry of Industry and Technology decided to spread the National Sky Observation Festival, which was first started by Bilim ve Teknik magazine in 1998 and held in Antalya Saklıkent, to different cities of Anatolia. The program, which was held in Diyarbakır last year under the name of Zerzevan Sky Observation Event, will be held this year in Van on July 3-4, Erzurum on July 22-24, and Antalya on August 18-21, following Diyarbakır.

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