Myths and Legends in Astronomy

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Myths and Legends in Astronomy

By Fernando Buitrago, of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Astronomy is threaten by many inaccuracies, or even lies, that when echoed many times are taken as truths. Take for example some false ideas: “Astronomy and Astrology are the same thing”, “Nothing can travel faster than light”, or “The Big Bang was a great explosion”.

In moments when segments of our society take science as something magical, it is important to fight erroneous concepts. Science, and Astronomy in particular, is a tool to understand the world around us, the Universe, and ourselves.

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).