Newsletter – March 2019

Newsletter March 2019

Observatório do Lago Alqueva - OLA
In March and April the Lake Alqueva Observatory awaits you!
From Tuesday to Saturday at 18:30
Stargazing sessions
A guided tour of the magnificent sky of Monsaraz, 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 16:30
Astronomical Saturdays
Every Saturday afternoon, OLA offers activities for children where the young astronomers learn more about science and astronomy in an entertaining and relaxed way. Consult here our calendar of activities.

9 Mar at 18:30 – Science Café: 100 years of gravitational lenses
Dr Ismael Tereno (IA) presents the phenomenon and discusses the several types of gravitational lenses that we know in the Universe. It will also describe some applications of gravitational lenses that have been contributing to the advance of our understanding of the Universe and in particular the ones used by the space mission Euclid.

30 & 31 Mar – Landscape Astrophotography Workshop
Landscape Astrophotography Workshop coordinated by Outside Astrophotography and directed by Soraia Piedade and Miguel Marques.

6 Apr – Amateur Astronomers Meeting and Messier Marathon
In partnership with the Portuguese Association of Amateur Astronomers, we seek to observe in a single night the largest possible number of galaxies, nebulas and open and globular clusters in a total of 110 objects cataloged by the French astronomer of the 18th Century, Charles Messier. The event has the participation of the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences.

13 Apr – Graphic diaries course, Sky Sketchers
Drawing workshop with astronomy and the night sky in Alentejo as thematic for who thinks that drawing is as difficult as traveling to the Moon. 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.

13 Apr at 21:30 – Science Café: Light, the mediator to the cosmos
Professor José Rebordão (IA/FCUL) will seek to give meaning to concepts such as spectrum, coherence and polarization of light and discuss how measuring these quantities it opens a new window to understand the Universe.

27 & 28 Apr – Astronomy course IV: From the Big Bang to the Galaxies
This is the module coordinated by Dr Nelson Nunes (IA/U. Lisbon and OLA). This session will be focused on Cosmology, the evolution of the Universe and the formation of structure.


Consult all our events here

Also to be scheduled in the agenda

  • 4 May – Open Day
  • 29 May – Celebration of 100 years since the solar eclipse of 1919
  • 8 June – Festival Terras sem Sombra in Barrancos



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