Newsletter – Feb2018

Newsletter February 2018

Observatório do Lago Alqueva - OLA
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Tickets to OLA’s stargazing sessions now available also at Last2Ticket
Now you can purchase your tickets for OLA’s sessions from the comfort of your home. You just need to visit the Last2Ticket website!
There you will find tickets in the categories of Adult, Teenager and Family, for our Winter and Summer seasons. The tickets are valid for one year.
OLA welcomed 150 students in January
Students from Grândola Schools Group were the first ones to experiment our astronomical weighing scale, able to indicate their weight on our solar system planets.

In the picture on the left, we leave a record of the visit to OLA of the students from Palmela Secondary School. After they built a spectroscope and learned their weight in Pluto, the students had their high moment (literally) with the astronomical observations.

If you are a teacher and would like to carry out an activity with your students, check our page of Activities for Schools and contact us!

Observatório do Lago Alqueva presented at FITUR2018 in Madrid
The Observatório do Lago Alqueva – OLA was presented at FITUR2018 – International Tourism Fair, which was held in Madrid, between the 17th and 21st of January, in an outreach campaign among the Spanish public. This participation, which also counted on the presence of other touristic operators from the council of Reguengos wine capital, and was supported by the Reguengos City Hall.
In February and March, the Observatório do Lago Alqueva awaits you!
From Tuesday to Saturday at 18h30
Night stargazing session
A walk through the night sky of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, where one can learn the orientation by the Northern Star, identify constellations and their legends, relate colours of stars with their ages, observe star clusters, nebulas and distant galaxies with the help of telescopes. The explanations are provided in simple language by the OLA’s guides.
Saturdays at 16h30
Young Astronomers
In these activities, the young scientists learn more about Science and Astronomy in an amusing and relaxed environment.

Feb 3 – Astronomy Course – Module II: Astronomical Observations
This is the second of three modules coordinated by Nuno Santos, of OLA’s team. In this module the apparent motions of the celestial sphere, the constellations, measurement of angles in the sky and techniques for observing astronomical objects are going to be explored.
Feb 10 – Graphic Diary Workshop – Sky Sketchers
Workshop coordinated by the architects Estela Cameirão e Carmo Correia. Consists of drawing on a sketch book (learning the concept of graphic diary) and finding in it a whole field to experiment several drawing techniques and materials. The participants may draw not only the building, equipment and the surrounding landscape but also the craters on the Moon, nebulas, and stellar clusters with the help of OLA’s telescopes.
Feb 16 at 21h30 – Astronomer for one night
In this night the participants are the astronomers on duty. They learn how to use the main telescope of OLA, to acquire images and process them in order to obtain superb images of distant galaxies and nebulas that they can take back home. Registration limited to a maximum of 5 people.
Feb 17 from 10h to 11h – Solar Observation at Monte Alerta
Discover our star, the Sun, and observe through safe telescopes the solar spots, protuberances and filaments. These observations take place at Monte Alerta, a nearby hotel to OLA and are open to any visitant.
Feb 17 – Science Café
Albert Einstein beyond ‘Genius’ – Prof. Paulo Crawford
This discussion about Einstein conducted by Prof. Paulo Crawford, will be focused on the history of the creation of the theory that better characterises and identifies him, the Theory of Relativity, going a little further what the series “Genius” has shown us. That analysis will put in evidence how the revolution started by Einstein remains alive in this beginning of the XXI century.
Feb 23 at 21h30 – Astrophotographer for one night
In just two hours, the participants are introduced and practice in our park the definitions that cameras must have in order to give the first steps into landscape astrophotography. Registration limited to a maximum of 5 persons.
Mar 10 and 11 – Astronomy Course – Module III: From the Big Bang to the Galaxies.
This third module of three, is coordinated by Dr. Nelson Nunes (IA/U. Lisbon and OLA). This session will be dedicated to cosmology, the evolution of the Universe and the formation of structure.
Mar 16 at 21h30 – Astronomer for one night
In this night the participants are the astronomers on duty. They learn how to use the main telescope of OLA, to acquire images and process them in order to obtain superb images of distant galaxies and nebulas that they can take back home. Registration limited to a maximum of 5 people.
Mar 17 – Science Café
“António Gião” – Prof. Carlos Fiolhais
The Prof. Carlos Fiolhais from Coimbra University, will present us António Gião, a physicist natural from Reguengos de Monsaraz, author of a lengthy work in several Physics fields and who has exchanged correspondence with Einstein.
Mar 23 at 21h30 – Astrophotographer for one night
In just two hours, the participants are introduced and practice in our park the definitions that cameras must have in order to give the first steps into landscape astrophotography. Registration limited to a maximum of 5 persons.
Mar 24 – Sky Guides Course – 1/4
This is the first module of four, where the participants learn astronomy and develop the skills to communicate science. Check this course page for more info on how to participate and become part of OLA’s team.

 

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