Closer to the Unreachable

On September 29, the monthly session of Noites no Observatório celebrates the European Researchers Night 2018.

The session will begin with the public talk at 21:30. 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 24:00 if weather conditions allow (guided tours available in English).

Closer to the Unreachable

With José Afonso, of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Today, Astronomy goes through a golden age of new discoveries. But the approaching technological revolution promises to bring even more revelations. New Earths, black holes, the birth of the first light of the Universe and perhaps even the discovery of other life forms – everything seems to be on the horizon…

What themes and instruments will drive the next generation of scientists to explore much more of the Universe than they do today? Meet some of the protagonists of this new age, astronomical topics and powerful telescopes that promise to place us much closer to the unreachable…

Noites no Observatório are organised by Instituto de Astrofisica e Ciências do Espaço, in partnership with Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian – Centro de Ciência Viva.



3 horas

Free entrance


Despite the event being free of charge, the access to the activity requires a registration here.

Please beware:

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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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 department of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).