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 On Copernicus' Footsteps
from Warsaw, to Torun,
to Krakow...


18-25 July 2018

This year winners of Cirta-Science 10 went to Poland, the land of Copernicus who revolutionized astronomy and Marie Sklodowska Curie who contributed much to modern physics. It was a sweeping tour which led them to various parts of Poland and enable them to visit educational, scientific as well as historical landmarks notably in Krakow. There, exploring the Wieliczka's Salt Mine was a must. A visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum as well as the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps completed the historical part. Not forgetting a visit to Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the oldest University in Poland, where Copernicus studied... and Marie Curie was refused admission for being a woman!

Details on the "Cirta Science 10 " Contest
July 18-25, 2018

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Day 1: Departure - Arrival- Check in
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Leaving Constantine...

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... and Roma

Reaching at last Warsaw, overflying its suburb.
Day 2: To the Copernicus Science Center

The Copernicus Science Center, a monumental hallmark in the heart of the capital . The Center kindly invited us there as their special guests and organised all the segments during the good part of the day we stayed there along with a dedicated guide.
The Center is located on the river bank of the Vistula river, this country long river that we will be following till the next step of our trip at Krakow at the other side of the country. The river ends its course in the Baltic sea near the northern city of Gdansk that we couldn't visit due to lack of time.
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More fun here at the "Air – is not just nothing" exhibit. See this video clip here.

Driving around thanks to the power of the wind: Bicycle powering a fan.
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At the planetarium of the Kopernicus Center for a 3D- projection. THe planetarium recently set up is one of the top such facility in Europe


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Poland Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science
Here a picture with some of the members of the Center's Directorate who kindly hosted us.


The Foucault pendulum. Attached to the roof at 17m above the ground.

Day 3: To the Marie Sklodowska Curie's Museum and the Old Warsaw town

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Painting of Marie Sklodowska Curie with her husband Pierre Curie in their Lab at Paris.

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A Refusenik at heart: Marie Curie and her husband (At right) declined to go to Stockholm to receive the prize in person as they were too busy with their work. Later, the French government offered her the French "Légion d' Honneur" award but she refused. She was often portrayed in the public opinion in France as was unworthy foreigner, but as a French heroine when receiving foreign honors such as her two Nobel Prizes. The French Academy of Sciences failed to elect her as a member to the Academy but elected instead Édouard Branly, a mere inventor.
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Poland Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science Marie Curie
In front of the Museum's entrance

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Marie Curie's desk
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Expressing one's feelings on the Museum Golden Book ...

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Seeking some inspiration? Here buying souvenirs.

Marie Curie's diploma in physics signed by Raymond Poincaré, the French Minister of Higher Education. The very raison for her coming to Paris was her yearning to become a physicist. Her coming back to native Poland was stifled by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow refusal to register as she didn't accept women. See below our visit to that University.
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Poland Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science Marie Curie

The French presidential decree granting Marie Curie the Professorship.
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In the Old Varsovie

The old Warsaw city
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At the Algerian Embassy in Warsaw
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A warm welcome by the Embassy staff waiting for us at the entrance
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With his Excellency Mr.Salah Lebdioui, the Algerian Ambassador to Poland.
Poland Pologne Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science Ambassade Salah Lebdioui Foreign Affairs
Giving a presentation on the aims of our trip and the Cirta Science contest
Poland Pologne Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science Ambassade Salah Lebdioui Foreign Affairs
Poland Pologne Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science Ambassade Salah Lebdioui Foreign Affairs
Ambassador's interview for the Al-Nasr newspaper by Yasmine Bouldjedri
Poland Pologne Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science Ambassade Salah Lebdioui Foreign Affairs
Poland Pologne Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science Ambassade Salah Lebdioui Foreign Affairs
Lecture by Dr. Boguslaw Zagorski from the Ibn Khaldun Institute on the history of Poland and of the Muslim presence there.
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Day 4: To Copernicus home at Torun & the Astronomy Observatory at Piwnice

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Poland Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science Copernicus
The classical portrait of Copernicus. Here is a more realistic one based on the post- mortem reconstitution of his recovered skeleton.

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Copernicus: Putting the heliocentric system on firm ground

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Heliocentric simulator

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In front of Copernicus House and Museum.
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A reconstituted vintage bedroom
At the Torun Center for Astronomy at Piwnice

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Dr.Andrew Strobel (At the right above) was our dedicated guide in our visit of the Observatory at Piwnice some 8km from Torun. It has both good sized radiotelescope and an optical observatory. Situated in the midst of a beautiful botanical park, it is the largest such facility in Poland. We were the guests of the Aleksander Jabłoński Foundation who kindly organized the visit.


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An aerial view of the Piwnice Observatory. The 32m dish at the upper right and various optical telescopes in the little forest.
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Poland Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science  Radiotelescope
Here Andrew explaining to us the functioning of the camera Schmidt mirror diameter of 90 cm. It is an astrograph Draper, a gift from Harvard Observatory in the US which made history when Edward C. Pickering developed its famous catalog of the brightness of stars and their spectral classification.
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In front of the main building.

Poland Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science  Radiotelescope
Poland Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science  Radiotelescope
The 1- meter telescope from Zeiss Jena capable of two configurations, a Schmidt one and a Cassegrain one. It is fitted with a powerful spectrograph built at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory at Victoria, in British Columbia.
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In front of the 32-meter radiotelescope dish. Here is the smaller 15m dish which is no more in use.
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Inside the main building
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In front of the control room of the radiotelescope in the main building.

The control room
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Poland Algeria Sirius Cirta Science astronomy science  Radiotelescope

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