Al Sadeem Astronomy (ASA) participated in the early commemoration of the 46th UAE National Day held in Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute – Women’s Campus last November 28-29, 2017 respectively. With the theme “UAE Space Exploration”, it was a great time imparting the role of earth and space sciences in the legacy of the UAE, as well as its significance to our daily lives, given the fact that its fundamental principles brought us further development in technology and as a nation over the years.

ASA brought up their 4-meter inflatable planetarium and some telescopes for the event. ASA’s resident astronomer Aldrin Gabuya performed brief interactive show-and-tell sessions about the night sky and constellations inside the planetarium while Alejandro Palado, ASA’s co-founder and observatory director, as well as assistant Muhammad Ishfaq, did telescope viewing of the Half Moon for the university students, and guests. The observatory’s owner and co-founder Thabet Al Qaissieh was also present in the event; appreciated and acknowledged the efforts of everyone involved in the event.

Special thanks to the astronomy society of Petroleum Institute – Women’s Campus for the warm invitation in spreading awareness to the public about astronomy and its contributions to the legacy of the UAE. We’re looking forward to more collaborative endeavors like this.

Below are the highlights of the event. Happy UAE National Day! Clear skies!