Here so close, the Moon is always following us. In the quiet moonlit nights, it is hard to imagine that it is the result of a cataclysmic collision which ripped away it from Earth 4.5 billion years ago.
And if our only natural satellite had a key role in the onset of Life on Earth, is it that after all we also owe it our existence?
Today we are living a second “Moon rush”, and a permanent human colony on the Moon is being planned. Why so much interest in our natural satellite? Because the first footprint left by Neil Armstrong 50 years ago was the first step in the jump to other worlds: Mars… e even beyond…
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).
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.