Again, the Constantine Salon on Popular Astronomy held in celebration of World Space Week in Algeria this year was truly epoch making. Many hundreds of visitors walked through the aisles of the Salon organized by the Sirius Astronomy Association, a leading Astronomy Association in Algeria, and participated at the various activities and programs. All the activities took place at the large and imposing el-Khalifa Cultural Center in downtown Constantine from 7 to 9 October 2003.
A special competition was held Thursday afternoon with a participation of some 300 school children from the various parts of Constantine.The show "Ten slides, ten questions" masterly directed by a well known astronomer, consisted of 20 questions, ten for each age category, related to the space science, geography and astronomy.
Prizes were distributed
later to the winners of each category. In view of the many hundreds
of young kids who participated to the Salon, we certainly believe
that quite few have found new ways of dreaming and perhaps for some,
their future vocation!
the public the realizations and activities of Algeria in the space sciences; we mention the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) whose headquarters is in the Capital Algiers, the National Center for Space Technology (CNTS) in Arzew, and the Research Center in Astronomy,
Astrophysics and Geophysics
(CRAAG) at Bouzareah near Algiers (formerly the Algiers Observatory).
In addition, various amateur astronomy associations from different
parts of the country participated in this second Salon.
and one special visioning
session of the video SpaceView from the Hubble Space Telescope
Institute was scheduled, with Arabic translation followed by a debate.