We kindly invite everyone to participate in World Space Week, which the UT Tartu Observatory is the Estonian coordinator of! In Estonia, we celebrate World Space Week with many space-related events like the Copernicus programme roadshow, Festival of Lights, and public movie and observation night.
World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. This year, the space week is held for the 20th time already. The theme of this year's World Space Week is "The Moon: Gateway to the Stars" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a human's first step on the Moon.
World Space Week is 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.
In Estonia, the following Events are held this year to celebrate World Space Week.
- Opening of Prof Jaak Kikas' Exhibition "Katoptromania. Pareidolic study of temples and demons around us" (2.10)
- Astronomy seminar: Romano Corradi (GTC) and Eric Lagadec (OCA) (2.10)
- Remote sensing seminar: Amol Bonde "Practical speciality training on measurement methods in remote sensing" (3.10)
- Copernicus 'Eyes on Earth' roadshow in Tallinn (3.10–4.10)
- Excursions for school children: What is space all about? (3.10–10.10)
- Festival of Lights 2019 (5.10)
- Information Day "ESA Estonian Industry Incentive Scheme Call for Ideas 2019" (7.10)
- Tartu Entrepreneurship Week – Tartu Science Park Demo Day (10.10)
- Public movie and observation night (11.10)
World Space Week events held both in Estonia and elsewhere in the world can also be seen at the official webpage of World Space Week.
Last year, over 5000 events in more than 80 countries were organized during World Space Week.