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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-08-05

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] 5th Star Night, as Perseid meteor shower peaks
  • [02] Upgrade of Plato's Academy site approved

  • [01] 5th Star Night, as Perseid meteor shower peaks

    ANA-MPA/This year's 5th Star Night event opens Friday at the 'Serres Astropyli' (Stargate) in the town of Ano Vrontou, at an elevation of 1,100 meters, once again scheduled to coincide with the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

    The three-day Star Night event is dedicated this year to the 2011 International Year of Chemistry, and the commenc

    The theme of the event, which runs through Sunday, is "Astronomy and Chemistry - In our Life and in our Future", while this year features, for the first time, eminent personalities in the fields of astrophysics and astronomy, among them Thessaloniki Aristotle University (AUTH) astrophysics, astronomy and engineering professor Haris Varvoglis, who will speak on "Asteroids, Comets and Cosmic disasters", and Patras University professor Vassilis Zafiropoulos, who will speak on Cosmic Biochemistry.

    The Star Night in Ano Vrontou is turning into an institution, being held for the fifth consecutive year, and attracts hundreds of visitors, including scientists and amateurs, and

    The 2011 Star Night will begin with the lighting of a large fire under the starry sky, and the cosmic fireworks display put on by the Perseid shooting starts.

    The three-day events will be accompanied by cultural activities hosted by the Ano Vrontou Cultural Club, the Serres Municipal Museum of Natural History, the Serres UNESCO branch, the UNESCO Touring Club, and the local radio-amateurs club, while the "Interactive Digital Planetarium Apollon" will also be presented at the events. ement of the UN-designated Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.devoted stargazers from all over the world.ana-mpa

    [02] Upgrade of Plato's Academy site approved

    ANA-MPA/A study of the museum storage areas and unification of parts of the Plato's Academy archaeological site in Athens has been approved by the Central Archaeological Council (KAS), and will be incorporated in the general blueprint for regeneration of the area.

    "This is an incredible project, which had greatly delayed," said culture and tourism minister Pavlos Geroulanos, who attended the last meeting of the KAS before the summer break, adding that "this is an area that maintains the characteristics of the old Athenian neighborhood.

    The study approved by the KAS involves the transfer of four old storage spaces currently situated inside the archaeological site, which contain a plethora of finds from older excavations in the 1930s to the 1960s.ana-mpa

    The artifacts will be relocated to new prefab warehouses to be set up outside the archaeological site proper, while the old warehouses will be demolished and the spaces they occupy will be regenerated and will open to the public.


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