As a part of World Space Week, we kindly invite everyone to a movie and observation night on October 11! This time, we will focus on the Moon as the theme of this year's space week is "Moon: Gateway to Stars".
At 6 p.m., we will meet at the Mars hall of the UT Tartu Observatory to watch a few episodes of the documentary series "Moon Machine". The series is about the Apollo missions to the Moon. The observatory's engineers Ayush Jain and Reimo Soosaar will be commenting the movie. As at every decent movie night, popcorn is offered!
The public observation night will start at 7 p.m. at the big telescope tower. This time, we will focus on observing the Moon. The observations will be done with our large, 1.5 m telescope, but also with a smaller telescope. The scientists from University of Tartu are there to discuss what you can see.
The Stellarium (located in the big telescope tower) with many attractions will be open. There is a permanent exhibition at the Stellarium. You can also see a virtual planetarium programme "Starry Night" as well as exciting astronomy-related videos.
In case of cloudy weather, there will be activities at the Stellarium and everyone can get to know the telescope, but no observations can be done.
Entrance is free!
All World Space Week events held in Estonia can be seen on the event's webpage.
World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957; and The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies on October 10, 1967.