Child-friendly Space: Activity for adolescents: An Astronomical Night Watch to Observe the Stars – Shams Community Center, Aleppo

A large mysterious and beautiful universe, tales and legends about the stars transmitted by our Arab astronomers ancestors aroused our longing to learn about the depths of this universe. That’s why the Syrian Society for Social Development launched a joint activity with the Syrian Astronomical Society, entitled (An Astronomical Evening with the Stars of the Sky).


The night was characterized by order, successful arrangement and meaningful scientific discussions, where an explanation of the map of the sky and the most important constellations was presented: the Great Dipper - the Little Bear - the Chair - Cephas - the Hen - the Eagle - the harp - the summer triangle - Andromeda - Scorpio.


The absence of the sky moon had a role in allowing young people to get an excellent observation of Jupiter and Saturn, the star Antares, and the stars Suha A and B. These stars were monitored through telescopes and detailed information was provided about them and the summer stars in the sky of Aleppo. Beautiful legends that talk about the stars and their interesting tale were also presented during the activity.


The activity was carried out in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and was attended by 20 young people from the Shams Community Center, in addition to a number of members of the Astronomical Society.


In conclusion, the adolescents expressed their following thoughts:

"I have always had an interest in astronomy, however this session today is the first time I got to actually learn about it. It has encouraged me to continue exploring in this field."

"Today's activity is new and special, and it is full of useful and new information. I am very happy that I was able to see the planets and stars with my own eyes for the first time in my life."

"I used to always stare at the sky, but this is the first time I know that there are all these stars and planets. It’s also interesting to learn how we can estimate the distances between us and the planets"