• Educational Activities for Students

    The educational program for children at Thissio Visitor Center

  • Doridis Telescope

    Doridis Telescope

  • WMO certificate
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  • August

    August 2017 | Photo: Theofanis Matsopoulos


    Julius Schmidt, CHARTE DES GEBIRGE DES MONDES, 1878, ΝΟΑ Library

  • simonvouet English2

    Simon Vouet (1590 - 1649), The Muses Urania and Calliope (1634)

    National Gallery of Art, USA

  • Τηλεσκόπιο Αρίσταρχος English

    Aristarchos Telescope, Helmos Observatory

  • Helmos National Geographic English

    Helmos Observatory, Photography: Harry Katzjaeger
    Source: "Top Shots," National Geographic, June 2012

  • Eskimo Nebula NGC2392 English

    Eskimo Nebula (NGC2392), Aristarchos Telescope, Observer: Dr. Ioannis Alikakos (NOA)

    Digital Image Processing: Theofanis Matsopoulos.

  • Μουσείο Γεωαστροφυσικής English

    Geoastrophysics Museum, Thissio

  • Εκπαίδευση στο ΕΑΑ English

    Summer School in Astrophysics

  • Τηλεπισκόπηση-Γή English

    Remote Sensing & Earth Observation

  • Greece from ISS English

    Greece from the International Space Station

    Photography: Paolo Nespoli, ESA astronaut

  • 3D Sun English

    3D Image of the Sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission of NASA.

    Source: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory

  • Helicorder English

    Analogue seismograph recorder

  • Geothermal English
  • Παλιρροιογραφος English

    Tide-gauge of the Instittute of Geodynamics at Vlyhada, Santorini.

  • Πειραμα Ulusses English
    Recovered  Ocean Bottom Seismometers on board of research vessel in the frame of the ULYSSES scientific program
  • Meteo historic archive english

    The historic archive of NOA/IERSD with recordings of climatic observations dated from the mid-19th century is one of the oldesr sources of climatic information for Eastern Medirranean.

  • Meteo time-series graph English

    The evolution of the average annual temperature in Athens from the mid-19th century until today, according to the records of the historic station NOA/IERSD (Hill Nymphs Thission).

  • Researchers Night 2014

    Pnyx Hill: Citizens observe the night sky through telescopes of NOA

    Researchers Night 2014

  • Researchers Night 2014

    Pnyx Hill: Citizens observe the night sky through telescopes of NOA

    Researchers Night 2014





Building Capacity For a Centre of Excellence for EO-based monitoring of Natural Disasters



European Commission-FP7

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Dr. H. Kontoes

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BEYOND aims to maintain and expand the existing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research potential, by Building a Centre of Excellence for Earth Observation based monitoring of Natural Disasters in south-eastern Europe, with a prospect to increase it access range to the wider Mediterranean region through the integrated cooperation with twining organizations.

Through BEYOND it will be possible to:

  • Set up innovative integrated observational solutions that will allow to a multitude of monitoring networks (space borne and ground-based) to operate in a complementary, unified and coordinated manner.
  • Create archives and databases of long series of observations and derived higher level products, and
  • Make these observations and products available for exploitation with the involvement of stakeholders, scientists and/or institutional users, applicable  for down-streaming to their specific needs.

The research portfolio covers a broad spectrum of phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanoes, extreme weather events, fires, fire smoke and toxic gasses, emission concentrations, manmade hazards, dust storms, air quality and impacts to human health, which are described under the three research domains of BEYOND, that are:

  • RD1: Meteorological and human induced hazards,
  • RD2: Geophysical hazards, and
  • RD3: Atmospheric pollution and air quality, with direct and indirect effects on public health and ecosystems.


BEYOND will focus on improving the interdisciplinary approach which is necessary for disaster management, crossing the boundaries between the traditional academic disciplines, technological expertise, and research methodologies.


Moreover, through BEYOND, the National Observatory of Athens will enhance its international collaborations, via twining with high excellence partners at European level, drawing new creative perspectives in the Relevant Research Area, and allowing sustainable collaborative schemes to be formed and synergies to flourish in the future.


The collaboration schemes foreseen in BEYOND, and the coordinated operation of monitoring infrastructures, will allow to up-scale the NOA’s regional role for contribution to the ERA on disaster management, and together with the partnering organizations built in the appropriate capacity level for providing innovative solutions and information to the involved communities for sustaining the centre’s operation in future.

Πρόγραμμα Εκδηλώσεων English

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Penteli Visitor Center
Thissio Visitor Center
Educational program on Meteorology
Multiple Events

Real Time Seismicity

Institute of Geodynamics
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Weather Forecast


View the latest weather forecasts, maps, and alerts for Greece on meteo.gr


The Sky Today


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