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Stargazing in Paris

Written by Christopher Bonnett

Have you ever looked at the stars while being in Paris? I though not; there is not much of a night sky here due to all the light in this lovely city.

But in the coming week this may all change. As you all undoubtedly know 2009 is the international year of astronomy, and in the spirit of this there will be astronomy events organized around the world. This Thursday the 2nd of April, there will bean astronomy event on from 2pm until 1am at the Jussieu university campus here in Paris.

The events will include a planetarium, a collection of meteorites and a general exposition on contemporary astronomy. During the whole day until 1am there will be the chance to look through a telescope at the sun and stars. There will be more than 15 telescopes located on the roof of university restaurant (Crous) for you to look through; obviously there will be plenty of professional astronomers to help you out and answers all the questions about the universe. This is all weather permitting of course, but the forecast is looking good!

I will be present at entrance of the event 6:30pm until 8pm. After that I'll be on the roof to answer all of your questions. If you would like to see the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter with your own eyes, be sure to drop by, it will be worth it!

The entrance will be located at the following address:
4 place Jussieu, 5th
Metro: Jussieu (line 7 and 10)

There will be more possibilities to watch the stars in Paris this week:

  • Friday the 3rd of April at Cité des sciences et de l'Industrie
  • Saturday the 4th of April in Parc Monsouris

More detailed info can be here (in french):

If your french is a bit rusty, feel free to contact me and I will be glad to help you out (c.bonnett@gmail.com).


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Reader Comments (1)

Looks like clear skies tonight!

The sun will be setting @ 8:23 pm, so for the people who are interested in stargazing come after that, but there is plenty more to see before that!
April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

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