It is only accessible to the public every two years: this observatory on the Côte d’Azur opens its doors to you free of charge this summer

It is only accessible to the public every two years: this observatory on the Côte d’Azur opens its doors to you free of charge this summer
It is only accessible to the public every two years: this observatory on the Côte d’Azur opens its doors to you free of charge this summer

Since Thomas Pesquet showed us the international space station, the general public has become increasingly interested in astronomy. So, for the 22nd night of Open Domes, which takes place on Saturday July 6, the Côte d’Azur observatory is expecting between 2,000 and 3,000 people on the Calern plateau, in Caussols!

The opportunity is unique: this event, organized once every two years, allows you to visit the scientific installations, meet the professionals who work there, listen to conferences on a wide variety of subjects and participate in workshops, so that young and old can learn about astronomy.

Two months of preparation

“We will talk about what is happening on the Côte d’Azur with, for example, a conference on earthquakes. And we will go to the ends of the Universe”, announces Clémence Durst, head of the organization. In addition to the forty conferences – including one from the Concordia station in Antarctica and one live from Chile – visitors will be able to make day and night observations, attend laser shots on satellites, and learn about all the missions. space projects in which the observatory is involved…

50th anniversary of the site

The night of the Domes Ouvertes is free, but you must register because parking spaces are limited.

Located in the middle of the mountains, the observatory – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – has a privileged location, far from light pollution. But it only opens its doors to the public every two years because six months of preparation are necessary. “All the participants, or a third of the staff, are volunteers. It requires a lot of internal mobilization”, explains Clémence Durst. Which is rewarded by the success of the event because, in one week, more than 600 out of 700 places have already been reserved.

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Night of open domes, Saturday July 6 from 4 p.m. to two a.m., on the Calern plateau in Caussols.

Free entry, reservation required.

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