Goals of the collaboration with the Lumina festival:
- To raise awareness of the importance of light in the discoveries and in understanding the Universe;
- To give visibility to instruments and international infrastructures that are needed to study this light;
- To warn about light pollution and of the need to protect “dark skies”.
Goals of the workshop “Navigate the Sky”:
- To explain what is a constellation and teach to identify some of the constellations easily recognizable in the Summer/Autumn sky;
- To explain that stars have different colours and that this colour is related to their surface temperature.
- Lumina Festival 2018: more than 200 000 visitors.
- Workshop “Navigate the Sky”: 24 students at lower secondary education of Escola Básica e Secundária de Carcavelos, in Cascais municipality.
The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) joined Lumina festival, an open-air event that gathers along a public walk through the streets of Cascais artistic creations that celebrate light, as video projections, performances, installations or interactive projects.
Through a collaboration with O Cubo and Cascais 2018 – European Youth Capital, IA organised in 2018 a workshop, “Navigate the Sky”, about stars and constellations. It was delivered to lower secondary education students of Escola Básica e Secundária de Carcavelos, and the result was included in the route of artworks of the Lumina 2018 festival, between 21 and 23 September, next to the Sea Museum of Cascais.
Using fluorescent materials and UV light, children created part of the Summer night sky, learning about different types of stars and their evolutionary stages, and the meaning of the concept of constellation.
The Lumina 2018 festival was a partnership between O Cubo and Cascais City Council.