Discover Monsaraz night sky and be amazed with the Universe
OLA reopens in April
After several months of absence due to the pandemic, OLA reopens in mid-April for face-to-face activities. Until then, online courses will continue.
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Happening at OLA
From Tuesday to Saturday at 21:30 and 23:00 (Summer) or 18:30 (Winter). Learn to find the polar star, identify the constellations and know their legends, relate stellar colours with their temperatures, observe star clusters, nebulas and distant galaxies with the help of our telescopes.
Every Saturdays afternoon, from 16:30 to 17:30, OLA offers activities for children where the young astronomers learn more about science and astronomy in an entertaining and relaxed way.
From Tuesday to Saturday from 17:00-19:00 (Summer) or 14:00-17:00 (Winter) the observatory offers the possibility of discovering our star through safe telescopes. One can appreciate the solar spots, the protuberances and filaments on the surface of the Sun.
Photography exhibition: Sky & Sea
Exhibition of astronomical and underwater photography by professor Pedro Ré.
Course on Introduction to Astronomical Observations
12th June. In this module the apparent motions of the celestial sphere, the constellations, measurement of angles in the sky and techniques for observing astronomical objects will be explored.
Astronomical drawing course
19th June. The participants learn the basic techniques to make precise drawing of nebulae and planets.
Workshop on landscape astrophotography
26th June. In two intense hours, the participants discover and practice how to use the camera to obtain various types of night photography, such as star trails and panoramas with the Milky Way.
Saturn in opposition
2nd August. The day Saturn is closest to our planet and thus, the best night to observe it and its rings.
Activities for Schools
OLA offers Astronomy activities planned taking into consideration the different school years and the curricular plan of the Natural Sciences, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics classes. Check here the available activities for schools, from the 1st grade up to the 12th grade.
Activities for Senior Groups
OLA offers an ensemble of activities havin gin mind the senior groups. Check here the list of possibilities.
We have astronomical equipment available to rental.
This ample room is the space where are displayed the photographic exhibitions authored by Portuguese astrophotographers and amateur astronomers.
Observation Platforms Rental
The observatory makes the observing platforms available to be used by amateur astronomers and astrophotographers.
External Observations for Groups
In case you plan to have a session in the facilities of your company, school or in any event your are organizing, we have at your service the experience of our sky guides and our equipment.
Do you need time to relax with friends, do you want to create a good working environment in your team or would you like to add an activity at your school? OLA offers a collection of games and talks that can be done online for schools and companies.
Offer a gift full of stars. Purchase a gift card with a personal message valid for any activity at the observatory.