ASTRONOMY

GersAstronomie offers observations of the night sky with a large telescope at Le Bourdieu Observatory
Richard, Space scientist and engineer, will share his passion during
the 1-hour min. exploration of the night sky with a large telescope (Meade 12'')

The night sky is full of interesting and spectacular things to see, though naturally these things vary throughout the year. There are always colourful double stars and bright star clusters to be found, and often bright nebulae too, as well as distant galaxies. Views of the Moon and bright planets are always very popular – nobody forgets their first view of Saturn through the eyepiece. Unlike the stars, the planets move among the constellations and are visible at different times each year. The Moon does the same thing, but more quickly. In the two weeks before Full Moon, the Moon is visible in the evening sky, but after Full Moon it rises later and later at night eventually becoming an early morning object only.

 

Contrary to what many people think Full Moon is not a good time for viewing as the sky is too bright and the Moon has no contrast.  So no viewing reservations from two days before and after Full Moon.

For a month-by-month guide to what is visible in
the evening sky from our observatory, click here.

A bird's eye view of our observatory and its surrounding
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