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AUS to observe a unique astronomical event

Sharjah: The Physics Department at American University of Sharjah (AUS), in collaboration with Dubai Astronomy Group, will hold a public observation of a unique astronomical event that happens only twice every century. Astronomy enthusiasts and members of the public are invited to witness the transit of Venus over the face of the Sun on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at the university’s Main Plaza.

The last time the planet Venus passed over the face of the Sun was in June 2004, and the next time the event will happen is in December 2117. For this very rare event, AUS and Dubai Astronomy Group have organized a public viewing, even though it occurs very early in the day in this part of the world.

There will be a number of telescopes as well as 100 special viewing glasses available for those present, to facilitate and ensure a safe observation of the event, as the sun must never be observed directly by naked eyes or with instruments.

“This is a unique opportunity for p…

UAEU ranks in Top 50 Universities established in the Past 50 Years

According to the QS World University Rankings, the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has placed in the top 50 world universities that were founded within the past 50 years, acknowledging the rapid pace of progress within both the United Arab Emirates and its national institution of higher education.
Among the top universities established since 1962, UAEU ranks in position 48, between Aston University, UK, and Griffith University, Australia. Both these universities, and in fact, most other top world universities, were founded earlier than 1976, the year in which the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan established UAEU.
Within the Top 50 Under 50 rankings, only eight universities in the world that are younger than UAEU are ranked above UAEU, reflecting the very dynamic growth and ambition to strive for excellence of the institution.
The QS World University Rankings is a ranking of the world’s top 700 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds using a method that has published annually…