the program to observe the sky in France

STARRY NIGHTS. Until this Sunday, August 7, it’s the Night of the Stars. In Paris, Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux or Toulouse, find all the information to enjoy this magical night and observe the stars!

[Mis à jour le 06 août 2022 à 19h17] It’s right now! The 32nd Night of the Stars in France is an unavoidable opportunity to observe the sky in search of shooting stars. Throughout France, events are organized by the French Association for Astronomy (AFA). In the sky you can observe shooting stars and even the Perseids, but other beautiful astronomical surprises await you as well. Thanks to a telescope or a telescope, it will be possible to observe the planets Jupiter, Saturn, but also Uranus and Neptune. Whether you are in the north of France near Lille, in Brittany, near Bordeaux, in Paris or in Marseille, find all the information to take advantage of this Night of the Stars. AFA welcomes everyone for free in places where you can observe the sky and the stars, that is, far from the lights. You can see the event program below or use the summary at the beginning of the article.

The theme given by the French Association of Astronomy (AFA), organizer of the event, is exploration, “at a time when the return to the Moon materializes with Artemis, from the exploration of Mars.” The French Astronomical Association (AFA) welcomes everyone for free to places where you can observe the sky and the stars, that is, far from the lights. See the program near you on the official website of the French Astronomical Society or see below our selection of events taking place during the nights of the stars in the major cities of France:

A few events are planned for the Nuit des Étoiles in Paris and its surroundings, such as in Saint-Ouen or Le Bourget (see map):

  • From 6 August at 18:00 until 7 August at 01:30, astronomy enthusiasts and neophytes are invited to observe the starry sky through a telescope from the tarmac at the Air and Space Museum in Le Bourget. Several free activities are offered with virtual reality, games and theatrical and musical walks. Observations of the sky, with or without a telescope, are also planned.
  • From August 6 at 10:00 pm to August 7 at 12:30 am, the curious can observe the sky using a telescope and map in the large park of Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine, located at 8-10 rue de la Clef des champs. Entry is free, but registration is required. This animation is organized by the center for scientific culture Atlas.
  • From August 7th at 9pm to August 8th at 1am, AFA professionals invite you to Square Louise Michel in Paris’ 18th arrondissement to observe the stars. The meeting place is on the lower terrace, under the panorama. This observation evening is free and open to everyone.

For Lille, everything happens in Villeneuve d’Ascq: at the Forum départemental des Sciences, located at 1, Place de l’Hôtel de Ville. Here is the program:

  • From 6 August at 14.00 until 7 August at At 18.00, the Institutional Science Forum’s planetarium opens its doors free of charge with two planetarium sessions on the programme at 15:00 and 16:30.
  • On August 6, two planetarium sessions are offered from 9 years, to describe the summer sky of the Starry Nights. Opening hours: 18:30 – 19:30 Duration: 45 minutes.

From 6 August at 17.00 until 7 August at 01.00, the Lyon Ampère Astronomy Club (CALA) offers to come and spend thoughtful and educational evenings under the celestial vault of the François Mitterrand Park, 20 Rue Robert Desnos in Vaulx-in-vellum. In the program: workshops, animations, observations of the sun from 17.00 to 20.00, then conferences on the theme of astronomy and observation of the sky with telescopes from 20:00 to midnight. Possibility of cancellation depending on weather conditions!

On August 6, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., meet at the Château de Soule in Ramonville St-Agne, where Planète Sciences Occitanie will show you the wonders of the summer sky: shooting stars and summer constellations. The Acalmia Association organizes karaoke in the afternoon.

The event closest to the city of Rennes takes place with the association Cassiopée Astronomie Bruz Chavagne, which offers an evening with the stars on August 6 in Bruz, on the Vert Buisson plain. On the program observation of stars with the naked eye, but also of nebulae and star clusters with telescopes. The event is free and open to everyone.

The planned events around Bordeaux for Nuit des Étoiles have been canceled on Saturday August 6 and Sunday August. Indeed, rallies were planned in the Bourgailh forest and in Martignas-sur-Jalle, but they were canceled due to the risk of fire in the Gironde.

The nearest town to Nice which takes part in the event is Villeneuve Loubet, near Cagnes-sur-Mer. In collaboration with the SPICA astronomy club, Saturday 6 August from an observation of the sky from 22.00 to 01.00.

A moment to live in the school holidays! The Night of the Shooting Stars had a unique title when it was created in 1991 when the event lasted only one day. But it has become plural: “Nights of the Stars” because the event has been extended to three consecutive observing nights from the year 2000 edition. Observing in France makes it possible to observe the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn as well as the shower of shooting stars from the Perseids. These stars come from the constellation Perseus. They are located under the constellation called Cassiopeia, in the shape of W.

To optimize your chances of seeing the stars, it is better to move away from sources of light pollution such as street lights. The stars are observed from 10 p.m., after dark. If the horizon is clear to the northwest where the sun sets, you won’t miss a beat. Especially if you have binoculars or a telescope.

The Nights of the Stars took place over three days, from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August 2022. Since 1991, Nuit des étoiles has been organized in France and in several European countries by associations, espFrench Astronomical Society. It was well-known astrophysicists or scientists, such as Hubert Reeves or Alain Cirou, in collaboration with France 2, who launched the event.

Every year the Earth passes through the Perseids. It’s a meteor shower made up of debris from an ancient planet: Swift Tuttle. Their mass extends from the head of a pin to that… of a pea! By coming into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere, these small rocks offer a magnificent natural spectacle: shooting stars. The Perseid meteor shower will occur overnight from Friday, August 12 to Saturday, August 13, 2022.

That Perseid meteor shower will be held this year the night from Friday 12 August to Saturday 13 August 2022. During this unusual night, a hundred shooting stars will be visible after 22.00 at sunset. If this is the peak of activity, shooting stars will be observable in numbers in the sky until August 25, 2022.

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