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President Armen Sarkissian visits Teide Observatory during his  working visit to Spain 

President Armen Sarkissian visits Teide Observatory during his  working visit to Spain 

ArmInfo. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, who is on a working visit to Spain, visited Teide Observatory on August 13. This was reported by the press service of  the president.

According to the source, the President got acquainted with the work  and research of the world's largest optical telescope Gran Telescopio  Canarias in La Palma and the world's third largest solar telescope  GREGOR. It is planned that in the near future the construction of a  new telescope with a diameter of about 50 meters will begin.

President Sarkissian discussed with the leadership of the Teide  Observatory the prospects for cooperation with Armenia. The President  emphasized that Armenia, as one of the oldest civilizations in the  world, has always paid great attention to the development of science.  "I would like for more Armenians to study science and astronomy in  the future. Astronomy is not just a telescope, but also new  mathematical modeling technologies. We have a new presidential  initiative called ATOM (Advanced Tomorrow) aimed at developing  science and technology in Armenia, "the President emphasized.

Sarkissian also said that within the framework of this project it is  planned to create a scientific and technical city, collaborating with  the largest technology companies in the world, such as Dassault  Systems, Leonardo, IBM and others. "We will be glad to cooperate with  Teide. I think that there are great opportunities for cooperation  between the Byurakan Observatory and Teide," Sarkissian noted.

Sarkissian also reached an agreement with the leadership of the Teide  Observatory on signing a memorandum of understanding aimed at  developing cooperation between the scientific and technical  institutes of Armenia and Teide.  To note, the astronomical  observatory was founded in 1964 on the island of Tenerife, Canary  Islands, Spain. The observatory is managed by the Canary Institute of  Astrophysics. It is one of the first international observatories in  the world in which telescopes were installed by different countries,  since in this area there are excellent astroclimatic conditions.  Later, the main optical observations were transferred to the Roque de  los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma. The Teide Observatory is  considered one of the largest observatories in the world. 

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