Within the program of the visit of the delegation of the Regional Center for Teaching Space Science and Technology to the West Asia region of the United Nations to the Arab Republic of Egypt…. The delegation headed by the Regional Center – Jordan headed by the Director-General, Dr. The President of the National Institute, Prof. Dr. Gad Mohamed Al-Qadi, and the Head of the Astronomy Department, Prof. Ashraf Shaker, and the Head of the Department of Sun and Space Research, Prof. Dr. Makram Ibrahim, and a number of the concerned professors at the Institute, where prospects for future joint cooperation between the two institutions in the field of astronomy and space sciences and the exchange of experiences were reviewed. And training, by concluding a cooperation agreement between the two parties that includes a number of axes, the most important of which is the training of students and scholars from various Arab countries that are members of the regional center, which was approved as a training center for the region by the Arab Group for Space Cooperation, based in the UAE, in the field of space and astronomy applications, and observational training. And practical on astronomical and space devices and equipment And the establishment of astronomical schools, in addition to holding joint scientific conferences and symposia, and conducting astronomical observations for the purposes of scientific research and publishing them in joint scientific journals.
It is worth mentioning that the National Institute is considered one of the oldest scientific institutes in Egypt and the world since it began its scientific activity in 1839 in Bulaq through Abbasiya in 1868 until it was transferred to its current headquarters in Helwan in 1903, where it is currently considered the largest Egyptian scientific gathering specialized in the fields of research Astronomy, the sun, space, satellite tracking, earthquake research, studies of earth crust movements, and the use of ground radar to study the earth’s surface layers and detect mines, relics, burials, caves and cracks.
The delegation also visited the Kattameya Astronomical Observatory, which is one of the most prominent places in which astronomical phenomena and the first of the Arab months are observed in the Arab world. Diameter 50 cm for space debris. This observatory belongs to the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research in Helwan and is located approximately 80 km from the center of the capital Cairo in the direction of the city of Suez (Ain Sokhna Road) on a mountain with a height of 480 m above sea level. This observatory was established in 1964 and is An extension of the Helwan Observatory, which was established in 1903 and is considered one of the oldest research and observational institutes in Egypt and the Middle East.
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