On the 11th and 12th of September, in Barrancos and in the Noudar Nature Park, a festival of the stars is held with the participation of researchers and amateur astronomers and all those who want to share their experiences of observation and astronomical photography. Free entry but requires registration.


Saturday 11th September

14:00 – Opening at the Cineteatro de Barrancos

14:30 – Presentations

“XXL Astronomy” – Alexandre Cabral

“MOONS: a state-of-the-art spectrograph to unravel the evolution of galaxies” – Cirino Pappalardo

15:30 – Break

16:00 – Presentations

“There is a whole world beyond Neptuno” – Nuno Peixinho

“Dwelling in other Worlds” – Pedro Machado

“How to observe and photograph our star” – Pedro Ré

“Astronomy, why? Calendars, asteroids and wifi” – Catarina Leote

17:30 – Trip to the Castle of Noudar (bus available)

18:00 – Setting up of tents. Mounting telescopes. Stands with local production and crafts. Musical entertainment.

19:00 – Bifana dinner

20:30-12:30 – Astronomical observations

Sunday, 12th September

10:00 – 12:00 – Bird watching tour in the Parque de Natureza de Noudar
10:00 – 13:00 – Cultural tour in Barrancos


There is a range of accommodation on offer in Barrancos and Encinasola.

Hotel Agarrocha (in Barrancos) 285 030 543 ; 966 307 700

Casa de Campo “Monte das Tapadas” (in Barrancos) 285 958 449; 962 036 111

Casa Residencial “O quintal” 961736120

Hotel Rincón del Abade (in Encinasola) +34 959 71 45 36

El Rincon del Paraiso, Calle Villanueva nº11, 06134 Valencia del Mombuey, Badajoz, Espanha, +34 924 42 91 77

Casas de São João, Rua São João de Deus, 37, Barrancos, facebook

There is also the possibility of camping in the Noudar Nature Park near the castle on the night of the 11th exceptionally within the scope of the participation in the event and only in the area indicated for this purpose


For registration, please click here
More information: barrancosmos @ olagoalqueva.pt, 962293065


Cirino Pappalardo obtained a PhD in Astrophysics at the Observatory of Strasburg. After having worked as a data analyst for the Herschel space telescope in Florence, he has been a researcher since 2013 at the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences in the area of evolution of galaxies. He is currently leading a working group within the MOONS project (a state-of-the-art spectrograph), of which Portugal is a founding member of the consortium responsible for building this instrument.

Pedro Ré holds a PhD in Animal Ecology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He is currently Full Professor in the Department of Animal Biology at the same Faculty. He has been interested in Astronomy for about 40 years and from an early age he started photographing the sky. He is the president of the Portuguese Association of Amateur Astronomers.

Alexandre Cabral is a researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) and a professor at the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL). He is currently responsible for the IA Instrumentation Group, where several instruments for astronomy are developed, installed, among others, at the ESO Paranal observatory in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile.

Pedro Mota Machado is a researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) and teaches at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. His research is focused on planetary sciences, more specifically on the study of the atmospheres of planets in the Solar System. He is a guest scientist for the Japanese space mission Akatsuki, was part of the Venus Express space mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and is the current representative in Portugal of the Ariel space mission, which has as its main objective the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres.

Catarina Leote graduated in Oceanography, from the University of Algarve, and obtained her PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry in 2015, from the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. She is currently a member of the science communication group at the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences.

Nuno Peixinho is a researcher at the Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory of the University of Coimbra, a Visiting Professor at the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, and member of the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Science.



Data / Hora
Date(s) - 11/09/2021 - 12/09/2021
14:00 - 13:00


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