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Happening at OLA

Astronomical Observations

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.

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Young Astronomers

Every Saturdays afternoon, from 16:00 to 17:00, OLA offers activities for children where the young astronomers learn more about science and astronomy in an entertaining and relaxed way.

Solar observation

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.

Leonids meteor shower

17, 18 November. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. They produce up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.

The flat Earth is round after all

20th November. Following the commemorations of the five hundred years of the first circumnavigation of the globe, Maurício Rebocho takes us back to that trip led by Fernão de Magalhães in a puppet theater performance

Workshop on landscape astrophotography

4th December. During two intense hours the participants will learn the basic camera definitions that will allow them to acquire night sky photos and learn how to process them. The session will start with a brief theoretical introduction followed by exercises in OLA’s field.

Geminids meteor shower

13, 14 December. The strongest meteor shower of the year. The remaining of the asteroide Phaethon produce 120 meteors per hour.


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.

Equipment Rental

We have astronomical equipment available to rental.

Auditorium 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.

Online activities

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.

Gift card

Offer a gift full of stars. Purchase a gift card with a personal message valid for any activity at the observatory.