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The Qatari Calendar House celebrates the graduation of the second batch of astronomers

The Qatari Calendar House celebrates the graduation of the second batch of astronomers

The Qatar Calendar House celebrated this evening the graduation of the second batch of astronomical observers for the year 2022, in the main hall of the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ansari Complex, as part of the House’s efforts to serve the community by spreading astronomical culture.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Ansari, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ansari Complex, explained in his speech during the ceremony that the Qatari Calendar House’s interest in spreading the culture of astronomy stems from the interest of the early Muslims in this science, as they attached great importance to it and made it one of the auxiliary sciences to the sciences of Sharia, so they controlled the direction of the qiblah and calculated the timings with it. Prayer and the dates of the entry and exit of the Hijri months, indicating that the early Muslims developed this science to become one of the most important sciences in human life, and the contributions of Muslims to it become the main, whether in the volume of astronomical information discovered or in the machines, tools and mathematical theories that Muslim minds have invented over the centuries.

He said that the Qatari Calendar House, since its inception in 1951, has been interested in serving astronomy with this legitimate civilizational perspective that links life with religion, noting that today’s celebration of the outcome of the astronomical observer project aims to spread the culture of astronomy and its connection to Sharia throughout the country, where 42 Qatari observers have been graduated. and residents, expressing his congratulations to all of them.

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After a documentary film was shown about the courses received by the participants, they were honored by receiving certificates of participation and appreciation to join the astronomical observation team at the Qatar Calendar House, where the graduates will receive an advanced and specialized program in astronomy, with the aim of consolidating and developing their astronomical observation and astronomical skills.

For his part, Engineer Faisal Muhammad Al-Ansari, Executive Director of the Qatari Calendar House and Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ansari Complex for the Noble Qur’an, said in a statement to the News Agency (QNA) on the sidelines of the ceremony, “The trainees completed 30 hours of theoretical and practical training and field training on monitoring at night from outside the city.” He pointed out that the scientific and technical preparation and preparation were made to offer advanced courses in astronomical observation, as the House of Calendar was keen to provide astronomical devices and support tools, in addition to preparing and preparing for lectures and workshops, which prepares the transfer of learners from the amateur stage to the beginning of professionalism.

He added that the astronomical observation courses included three main axes: observing astronomical bodies within the solar system, observing stars, galaxies, nebulae and star groups, and the skills of the astronomer, as well as introducing learners to how to use astronomy tools, how to use astronomical applications, and knowing and identifying the homes of the moon in a way. My work, calculating the beginning and end of the Hijri months, and how to determine the direction of the qiblah using the sun’s shadow.

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On the role of the Qatari Calendar House in disseminating the culture of astronomy and its reflection on society through these graduates, he explained that free courses were given in times and crescents, an introduction to astronomy, and courses related to certain occasions, and found hundreds of those interested, then we moved to the specialized courses to celebrate today. With the completion of the graduates in this program to 63 people, including 21 in the first cycle and 42 in the second cycle, indicating the continuation of the program in new courses.

Eng. Faisal Al-Ansari explained that the Qatari Calendar House is developing a strategy to intensify the foci that support astronomy in general, and we will offer these graduates after that a more specialized course to reach the professional level and specialize in simple numbers to produce bright spots, to spread the culture of astronomy in society systematically, praising the This matter is in cooperation between the Qatar Calendar House and the Qatar Center for Space and Astronomy Sciences.

On the strategy of the Qatari Calendar House in the next stage, he indicated that the house continues to support astronomy and the publications of the private house, as it is the approved body in the country to issue the calendar for all institutions, and we are currently preparing to launch the Qatari calendar application on phones in its new version after the number of users reached 80 Alpha, and with the new update, the new version will be in English to serve the non-Arabic speaking Muslim communities in Qatar.

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In turn, the graduates, in statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA), expressed their happiness with these courses, which added a lot to them about astronomy, stressing that the courses lit up many aspects of astronomy in general, and also changed their view of the moon, planets and stars, and gave them the ability to differentiate between Planets and stars and their locations, directions, and more.

They also emphasized that the course provided them with more accurate specialized information other than the Internet, as well as smart programs and applications and the development of their capabilities in the field of astronomical imaging, noting that the course combined theoretical and scientific benefit as they participated in camps on land to observe the stars.