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Iran’s Stars to Flicker in Paris




16 September 2005


Visitors to an upcoming exhibition in Paris will get the opportunity to observe Iran’s night sky through live satellite images, the Persian service of CHN reported on Thursday.


“Iran, from Sky to Earth” opens on September 27 at the Paris Observatory (Observatoire de Paris), according to the Iranian cultural attaché in Paris.


Several photos of Iran’s starry sky and historical monuments and slides taken by Iranian astronomers will be put on display at the observatory, Hojjatollah Ayyubi added.


“The main part of the exhibition consists of photos and posters of the night sky of Fars Province and Persepolis. In addition, the entrance stairs of the Paris Observatory will be decorated in Iranian style, and a replica of one of the capitals of Persepolis will be constructed and placed at the entrance,” he explained.


Several Iranian and foreign experts have been invited to participate in a conference on astronomy which is to be held on the sidelines of the exhibition, and short documentaries on astronomy in Iran will also be screened, he stated.


UNESCO Secretary-General Koichiro Matsuura will be the guest of honor in the opening ceremony. Musicians from IRIB have also been invited to perform at the opening ceremony. The exhibition is being held concurrently with the foreign cultural weeks in Paris.


This year’s program of the Paris Observatory has been dedicated to Brazil and its programs, but the Iranian Embassy convinced observatory officials to allow an exhibition on Iran to be held as well, Ayyubi said in conclusion.


The Observatoire de Paris is under the direction of the French Academy of Sciences. It was founded by Louis XIV, and construction at the site in Paris began in 1667.  




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