This weekend will be the Night of Stars 2019, the unmissable summer event for astronomy enthusiasts. Presentation.
If you are fascinated by the sky and want to appreciate its mysteries and beauty, check off the dates in your calendar for August 2, 3 and 4, which will be the scene of the Night of Stars 2019.
As every year since 1991, this event, eagerly awaited by cosmos enthusiasts and other budding astronomers, will allow the curious and layman to discover the beauty of the celestial vault free of charge.
The firmament will indeed be sublimated by the annual Perseid shooting star shower, made up of debris from the comet Swift Tuttle. A grandiose spectacle that is visible every summer, even to the naked eye when the sky is spared, of course, from light pollution.
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Organized by the French Astronomy Association (AFA), this 2019 Star Night will have as its theme “from stone to star”, with reference to samples and fragments of meteors stranded on Earth or recovered from space.
An obvious nod to NASA’s missions, including the most famous Apollo 11 – in which man first set foot on the Moon – celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
For the occasion, hundreds of spots throughout France, but also in Belgium and Algeria, will be proposed to the public to appreciate this funny cosmic ballet.
A map of the different locations is available on the AFA website. You can already locate observation points near you.
For Parisians, you should know that the Montparnasse Tower will exceptionally open its terrace during the three nights, between 8pm and midnight.
As for the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), it will make available to the public its numerous telescopes in the heart of the Astronomer’s Dome to best observe the show.
We guarantee you stars in your eyes!