Sirius Astronmy Association Salon 2008
The 7th National Fair in Popular Astronomy ... 30 October-1Nov 2008, Constantine, Algeria... World Space Week 2008 ... International Year of Astronomy 2009 .... Popular Science in Action   

Part and parcel of the closing ceremony is the traditional theater play where talented Sirius members get a chance to display their skills. This year, it is about an imaginary and unwilling travel to Mars by careless daytime dreamers: "Kidnapping...on the way to Mars".

theater play astronomy Algeria Constantine
While some are daydreaming (foreground)others are plotting (background)...
Like usual, the play brings forth scientific facts within a fanciful story, the whole thing unfolding in an entertaining way.

theater play astronomy Algeria ConstantineCaught by Martians ("Kidnapping...on the way to Mars")


theater play astronomy Algeria Constantine
The various acts unfolding

theater play astronomy Algeria ConstantineAccording to the audimat, the play got a frank success. Behind it was a great scenario written by Affaf and Wafa Bendali-Amor. In directing and training the young actors, all from the Sirius association, was Bilal from the Constantine Regional Theater.

theater play astronomy Algeria ConstantineHere Bilal standing at the right of Ammi Ali from Sirius.

The Sirius chorale performing

The Competition for the Eclipse 2009 trip to China

Astronomy Algeria Constantine Festival youth activities, talent education The competition was initiated by the National Committee of IYA2009. Fifteen thoughtful pictures displayed, fifteen responses expected. The second part of the competition was an oral exam taken next morning.

Astronomy Algeria Constantine Festival youth activities, talent education year 2009
All members of the national the associations were allowed to participate by as many representative as they wished. They will be only one laureate !

Time to listen...

Astronomy Algeria Constantine Festival youth activities, talent education
... and time to answer

Zakaria Hamdi from the Celestial Cupola Club at El-Oued Here standing with N.Seghouani the Head of the Astronomy Depart. of the CRAAG and the Spoc of IYA2009 for Algeria.

He was the clear winner of the Fair2008 competition of the best amateur astronomer. He got the best scores on both the written and the oral exams.

The prize is a trip to China to observe the July 22 total solar eclipse.

The Closing Ceremony

The final act of the Fair 2008

Prof.S.Dallal from Bahrein and Vice President of AUASS receiving an award from the hands of Dr.Seghouani from the CRAAG-Algiers.

Astronomy Algeria Constantine Festival youth activities, talent education Morel SAF Jaidane Tunis
P.Morel from the SAF receiving an award from the hands of Jaidane of JST-Tunis.

Mona Anbar from the Kuwait Science Club handed the award to B.Tafreshi from TWAN

Mourad Fouka CRAAG astronomy Algeria
H.Hamidani from EDA-Constantine University receiving his framed diploma from the hands of Fouka from the CRAAG-Algiers

Hocine from Médéa beaming, receiving his participation diploma from Kamal Ourezguia, the Sirius Vice president.

Boudjemai from the CTS-Arzew receiving the participation diploma from the Director of the ENNA.

S.Jaidane from Assoc. Jeunes Science of Tunis receiving his diploma from A.Djarri a veteran of Sirius teaching at Mentouri University

The "Diploma team": Here Mustapha and Meriem. More

Oussama getting the list of the people and institutions to reward
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