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Sirius Contest Cirta-Science 8 Constantine Algeria
 On Newton's Footsteps
from London, to Cambridge, to Greenwich, to Jodrell Bank...
23-29 July 2016

This year winners of Cirta Science 8 were treated to a sweeping tour of some educational, scientific and historical landmarks in England. It started with a visit to the Greenwich Observatory which is the basis of the meridien zero definition, along with a visit to the Marine Museum. The group then visited Cambridge University with its various prestigious Colleges, notably King's College and St John's College. A trip to the Jodrell Bank Observatory with its huge radiotelescope near Manchester in the North of England took a full day, while a leisury visit to the Woolthrope Manor where Newton's home is situated took a full more day. We didn't neglect London wth its various landmarks...


Details on the "Cirta-Science 8 " Contest
23-29 July 2016
 Sirius Contest Cirta-Science 8 Constantine Algeria
(See Last year's trip to the OHP Observatory and ITER at Cadarache in Southern France)
On Newton's Footsteps:
from London, to Cambridge, to Greenwich, to Jodrell Bank...
Anasr Sirius Algeria Astronomy Constantine
Acknowledging the great help of the Algerian Network Anasr in assisting us with the visit.

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Day 1: Departure - Arrival- Check in

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Reaching London and welcomed at the airport by Dr.Ousama Metatla (In the middle with glasses) who helped organize the trip.

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Reaching London. Here flying over London's suburb
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Day 2: Greenwich Royal Observatory tour
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It is located on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. It was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II with John Flamsteed as the first Astronomer Royal. With us (At left) were Oussama Metatla and Bakoush Bakush from Queen Mary University.

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The red time ball we see atop is to enable navigators aboard ships offshore toIt has since been replaced. Although the use of time balls has been replaced by electronic time signals, yet it remains operational as an historical tourist attraction and is dropped at 1 p.m. every day.

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At the Greenwich Museum

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In compagny of Dr. Metatla in the middle and Dr. Bourkab at left.

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At the Prime Meridian of the World: Le meridien d' origine!

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Inside the telescopic dome of the Greenwich Observatory Museum
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At the Maritime Museum
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Day 3: Cambridge University and King's College tour

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Visiting Trinity College.
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Dr Yvette Perrot lecturing to the group on the Universe and astronomical research .
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Taking our lunch in Trinity's dining hall among the Royal Society's Fellows

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Sir Martin Rees, the Royal Astronomer since 1995
that we were supposed to meet if not for a last minute cancellation
from his part due to an expected appointment.
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The Trinity College dining hall

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Newton's master piece : Principia.

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Student life at Cambridge
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Day 4: Woolthrope Manor: Newton's Home
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The Manor's entrance.
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In front of Newton's house.
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In front of the mythical tree.
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The room where Newton was born.

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Newton's kitchen

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Where Newton most probably made some of discoveries in optics.
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At the Newton's Manor Science Museum
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Day 5: At the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum

Sirius Contest Cirta-Science 8 Constantine Algeria This famous Museum which boasts more than four million visitors a year, contains some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. It is a centre of research specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation, It even contains specimens collected by Charles Darwin. .

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The "Cathedral of Nature": a large Diplodocus cast dominating the vaulted central hall
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The power of the engines: The scientific revolution started from England...

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Live experiments

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The paraphernalia of the industrial revolution... now resting quietly in a Museum.

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Touring the various aisles of the Museum with Redha Sidomou

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Camera obscura. Seing the outside ...from inside

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The Apollo 10 spacecraft who went around the Moon with astronauts without landing.

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The V2 German WW2 missile which almost changed the course of the war...
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Space Age: Venus landing probe, Hubble Space Telescope...

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The car, the symbol of the industrial age.

Day 6: At the Jodrell Bank Observatory, Manchester
Its construction was finished in 1957 and it was at that time the largest steerable radio telescope in the world. It is now the third-largest, after the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia, in theUS ,and the 100m steerable Effelsberg telescope in Germany.
Sirius Contest Cirta-Science 8 Constantine AlgeriaVisiting the huge Lovell radiotelescope with Dr.Argo Megan as a guide. It is a steerable 2000t moving dish situated near Lancaster, Cheshire in the north-west of England, a more than 400km drive.

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Lecture by Dr. Mathieu Isidore on the SKA Mega project (Square Kilometer Array).

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It is also called the 250 ft telescope for its 76.2 m dish diameter. , the largesr radiotelescope in Europe when itstarted operating in 1957.

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More discussions on the SKA significance for Science and for Africa. With us is Djihed Afifi from the University of Manchester.
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At the Visitor's Center
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The radiotelescope from afar. In addition to its use primary use in astrophysics studies, it was used extensively to track both Soviet and American probes aimed at the Moon in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as other ones thanks to its great sensitivity. We see also at left a 50 ft (15 m) telescope using for tracking specific spacecrafts including Apollo 11.
Day 7: More free-wheeling deambulations in West London
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In front of Buckingham Palace
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London's Eye
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The delegation in front of the Queen's Palace. A close up here.
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Glorious sunset over the Thames

Sirius Contest Cirta-Science 8 Constantine AlgeriaReturning home

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