Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, has opened the Sharjah Centre for Space Sciences and Astronomy (SCSSA) in University City of Sharjah.
Following the opening ceremony, H.H. Sheikh Sultan toured the new centre and was briefed by the officials on the new facility which offers educational programmes as well as research and studies taking place in its special labs.
The exhibitions in the centre also showcase the contributions of Muslims to astronomy.
The centre sheds light on the history of telescopes, satellites and space exploration.
Inside the 209-seat dome-shaped projection hall is a star ball, a Japanese optical instrument that emits a brilliant star field of more than 10 million individual stars, combined with seven special projectors for Sun, Moon and five planets visible from Earth, to produce an interactive model of the observable universe, extending up to billions of light years away.
H.H. Sheikh Sultan also launched the official website of the new centre at http://www.scass.com.
"That is the Correct Religion" (Deen Al Qayyimah) was the title of the documentary H.H. Sheikh Sultan and other officials watched after the opening ceremony.
Authored by H.H. Sheikh Sultan himself under a title borrowed from a Holy Quran verse, the documentary tells the story of how the universe was created by Allah Almighty at the moment of the Big Bang.