- To contribute to the literacy in Astronomy.
- To bring the public closer to Science.
The target audience of this activity are the non-specialists.
At the moment, this activity has an average of 320 attendees per session and more than 4000 annually.
Noites no Observatório is a project of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) that started in the late 2009, in the context of the International Year of Astronomy (AIA 2009).
This monthly activity is the product of a restructuring of the public talks that were held at the Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa (OAL) since 1994.
Since November 2015, Noites no Observatório are organised in partnership with the Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian – Centro Ciência Viva.
At the moment, with an average attendance of 320 people, Noites no Observatório is the largest monthly activity of Astronomy communication in Portugal.
Each session is comprised of a public talk, given by an IA researcher, and observations of the night sky with telescopes. The activities are often framed within national and international initiatives, such as the European Researchers Night or the Science and Technology Week.
João Retrê (Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço)
Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional da FCT (FCCN-FCT)
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian – Centro Ciência Viva.