STARRY NIGHTS. This Sunday, August 7, was the last Night of the Stars, after three days of entertainment. However, the month of August 2022 will be marked by other astronomical events that must be followed closely!
[Mis à jour le 09 août 2022 à 10h17] Star Night 2022 is over! The last events organized by the French Astronomical Association (AFA) took place on the night of Sunday 7 August. The Night of the Stars always takes place in early August, a period conducive to celestial observation. If the Night of the Stars is over, the month of August 2022 will still appeal to astronomy enthusiasts with showers of shooting stars from the Perseids and an expected peak on the night of August 12-13, 2022, an event preceding a Super Moon on Wednesday, August 10.
Enjoy! Thanks to the reduction in light pollution, the stars were more visible during the 2022 edition of the Night of the Stars. Olivier Las Vergnas, president of the AFA, welcomed this progress: “We finally have encouraging things to say about the protection of the sky”, he said, according to comments reported by Release. Thus, according to a study published by the journal, Sky & Space, between 2014 and 2021 the situation at night has improved in France in terms of light pollution. Switch-off policies for public lighting have been implemented in several municipalities. Thanks to this decrease in brightness, many people were able to enjoy the Starry Night.
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 were planned for the Nuit des Étoiles in Paris and its surroundings, such as in Saint-Ouen or Le Bourget (see map):
- From August 7th at 9pm to August 8th at 1am, the professionals of AFA gave you an appointment at Square Louise Michel in the 18th arrondissement of Paris 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 happened in Villeneuve d’Ascq: at the Forum départemental des Sciences, located at 1, Place de l’Hôtel de Ville. Here is the program. Still in the north, Dunkirk also offers activities to observe the sky.
- 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.
- Sunday, August 7 from From 14:00 to 22:00, the Astronomy Club of Dunkerque organizes planetarium sessions, two conferences by Thomas Fauchez, scientist at NASA, at the Palace of the Universe and Sciences in Cappelle-la-Grande, solar observation sessions, listening to shooting stars, activities and an exhibition. From 10 p.m., an observation evening will be held in the Crayhof park in Cappelle-la-Grande.
On 7 August, from 21:00 to midnight, at the Kerzouar Observatory, located in Saint-Renan, the public is invited to attend a conference before observing the sky.
The planned events around Bordeaux for Nuit des Étoiles have been canceled on Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 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.
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 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.