IAstro Júnior

Inspiring young people and adults to get involved in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science and promoting Astronomy Literacy in entertainment and educational sessions for the whole family.


The goal of this project is to take Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science to the youngest, stimulating the interest of young people and adults in scientific issues and promoting astronomy literacy through sessions focussed on entertainment, education and sharing as a family. It also seeks to motivate young people to choose scientific careers in the areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics.


A total of 684 people from the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto participated in the four sessions. There were 12 IA researchers involved.

The partnership with Visão Júnior extended the range of this initiative to the magazine’s 81,000 readers in 17 countries and 4 continents.

The sessions were publicised in Visão Júnior, and on the websites of the IA, Visão Júnior magazine, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa and the Universidade do Porto, the Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium – Centro Ciência Viva and the Portuguese Society of Astronomy.

This project was also mentioned in the Outreach Newsletter of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter.

Browse through the upcoming and past events organised within the project IAstro Júnior.


IAstro Júnior is a joint initiative run by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) and the young people’s magazine, Visão Júnior. The project is made up of several sessions, held in Lisbon and Porto, aimed particularly at 7 to 12 year olds; and will present themes dealing with Space and the Universe.

In each session, 3 IA researchers share their fascination for Astronomy and Astrophysics in 3 short, simple and interactive talks. At the end of each talk, there is a question and answer session. Participants may also leave questions that are subsequently answered by IA researchers. These questions and answers are be published in Visão Júnior magazine or on its website.

In 2016/2017, the project had “Let’s discover Space!” as its motto, and four sessions were held.

The themes and timing of these sessions were as follows:

The Milky Way and other Galaxies – 19th November 2016, 6 pm
Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium – Centro Ciência Viva, Lisbon

The Planet Hunters – 25th February 2017, 6 pm
Porto Planetarium – Centro Ciência Viva, Porto

Cosmology, but now in Comics – 1st April 2017, 6 pm
Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium- Centro Ciência Viva, Lisbon

The Life of Stars – 24th June 2017, 6 pm
Porto Planetarium – Centro Ciência Viva, Porto

The magazine Visão Júnior takes the IAstro Júnior initiative to all its readers, through the publication of the answers to the questions left by the participants at the end of each session and of various items and reports.




Ana Alves (Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço)
Rita Xarepe (Visão Júnior magazine)


Visão Júnior magazine
Porto Planetarium – Centro Ciência Viva
Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium – Centro Ciência Viva


Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciência do Espaço