Black holes are extremely twisted regions in space (and in time), in which not even light can escape to the gravitational pull.
Two very important recent discoveries are helping scientists to reveal the secrets hosted by these extraordinary objects: the detection of gravitational waves, that result from the cataclysmic collision of two black holes, and the first image of a supermassive black hole, produced by the Event Horizon Telescope.
Learn the historical journey of the human reasoning about these mysterious objects, and explore the ingenious mechanisms that were invented to detect them.
After the public talk (in Portuguese), there will be a music and effects show projected on the planetary dome, and observations of the night sky with telescopes will run continuously until midnight, if weather conditions allow (guided tours available in English).
Throughout 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), celebrates its 100 years of existence. The Noites no Observatório participate in this celebration joining, during the whole year, the many events and projects happening all over the world.
Noites no Observatório are organised by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, in partnership with the Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian – Centro de Ciência Viva.
Despite the event being free of charge, the access to the activity requires a registration here.
1) Due to the growing audience attending our activities and the fact that some people give up without notice, up to two emails will be sent asking for confirmation. The lack of a reply within 48 hours after the reception of this confirmation request will be taken as a dropout and the registration will be cancelled. For this reason, please check your email inbox regularly in order to confirm your attendance in the activity.
2) You will need to pick a registration ticket at the entrance of the Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian between 9pm and 9:25pm on the day of the event. After 9:25pm, the tickets which have not been taken will be given to people on the waiting list and, on a first come first served basis, to people without registration.
The observation of the night sky depends on the weather conditions. As this is run outside, we recommend the use of warm clothes.
The talk is given regardless of the observations. The Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium will open its doors half an hour before the event starts.
The public talk is given in Portuguese. Observations of the night sky are available in English.
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LocationPlanetário Calouste Gulbenkian - Centro Ciência Viva
Museu de Marinha
Praça do Império
How to get there
GPS – 38.698140, -9.208919
714, 727, 28, 729, 751 e 201
Estação fluvial de Belém ( Transtejo)
You can watch the event from home and ask questions to the speaker visiting this online address.