Astronomy nights at Penteli Observatory with Newall telescope

Astronomy nights at Penteli Observatory with Newall telescope

The night-time presentations at the Penteli Visitors’ Centre of the National Observatory of Athens will continue every Saturday and Sunday until the Easter holidays, offering the public 15 nights of astronomy and observation of the night sky with the Newall telescope built in 1869, which this year celebrates 150 years of operation.
The presentations begin at 20:00 and concern issues relating to Astrophysics, Cosmology and historic Astronomy and other relevant sciences.
“The aim of the interactive speeches is the cultivation of a broader research culture, as well as to inform the public about cutting-edge science,” said astronomer Dr. Vangelis Kolokotronis.
The winter period is astronomically oriented toward the constellation of Taurus, which chases the Pleiades, Orion and its famous nebula, Sirius, the constellation of Gemini and, of course, the Moon itself when it is in a position suitable for observation. Finally, from mid January until the end of spring, Venus will be visible after sunset.
Arrival time for the public is at 19:00 on all 15 Astronomy nights and the 125 tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis, without the option of booking in advance. The Visitors’ Centre of Penteli said there are no reservation and the 125 seats will be covered by priority order.
More information is available on the website (https://www.astro.noa.gr/gr/visitorcenter/penteli/).