Horizons Beyond the Imagination
7th anniversary special session

Noites no Observatório - Março 2017

This month, Noites no Observatório celebrate seven years, and the event will be filled with joy and surprises…

Horizons Beyond the Imagination

By Alexandre Cabral, of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA)

Telescopes are among the most fascinating instruments created by human beings and have enabled the widening of our horizons to unimaginable frontiers.

With modern telescopes and instruments capable of analysing the light coming from the stars, it has been possible in recent years to detect hundreds of planets orbiting other stars. The search for other Earths became one of the hottest topics in contemporary astrophysics, motivating the development of new instruments and space missions.

In this public talk, we will take the audience on a journey through the universe of the telescopes, stopping at the largest telescopes in the world, currently in operation or under planning,… and showing the science that is done or will be done with them.

After the public talk, there will be a music and effects show projected on the planetary dome, and observations of the night sky will run continuously until midnight, if weather conditions allow.



3 hours

Free entrance


Although the entrance is free of charge, the access to the activity requires a registration here.

Due to the growing audience attending our activities and the fact that some people give up without notice, an email 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.

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.


Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian - Centro Ciência Viva
Museu de Marinha
Praça do Império

How to get there

By car
GPS – 38.698140, -9.208919

By bus
714, 727, 28, 729, 751 e 201

By tram

By boat
Estação fluvial de Belém ( Transtejo)

Live broadcasting

You can watch the event from home and ask questions to the speaker visiting this online address.

The online broadcasting of the talks has the support of the Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN), a division of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).