Discover Monsaraz night sky and be amazed with the Universe
Happening at OLA
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 17:00-18:00 (Summer) 16:00-17:00 (Winter), 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.
Workshop on landscape astrophotography
5th August. 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.
Course on Telescopes and Mounts
9th July. 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.
Astronomy for kids
20th August. Introductory course to Astronomy aimed especially at children from 6 to 12 years old. Tackles various topics such as the seasons of the year, space exploration and even the beginning of the Universe. An ideal program for parents and children with many experiments to do and build.
Perseids meteor shower
11, 12, 13 and 14th of August. This is the most famous meteor shower of the year. The remainings of the comet Swift-Tutle produce more than 60 meteors per hour. (Image credit: Cédric Pereira)
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.