Skywatching program in France


starry nights Until this Sunday, August 7, it’s starry night. In Paris, Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux or Toulouse, find all the information to enjoy this magical night and stargazing!

[Mis à jour le 06 août 2022 à 19h17] It is now! The 32nd Starry Night in France is an unmissable opportunity to observe the skies for shooting stars. Events across France are organized by the French Association of Astronomy (AFA). In the sky, you can observe falling stars, and even Perseids, but there are other beautiful astronomical surprises waiting for you. Thanks to a telescope or telescope, it will be possible to observe Jupiter and Saturn, as well as 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 starry night. The AFC welcomes everyone free of charge to the places that help to observe the sky and the stars, that is, away from the lights. You can refer to the program of events below or use the summary at the beginning of the article.

The topic provided by the French Astronomy Association (AFA), the event organizer, is exploration, “While the return to the Moon with Artemis is realized, from the exploration of Mars.” The French Astronomy Association (AFA) welcomes everyone free of charge to places that help to observe the sky and the stars, that is, away from the spotlight. Consult the program near you on the official website of the French Astronomical Society or consult below our selection of events that take place during starry nights in major cities in France:

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

  • From August 6 at 6 pm until August 7 at 1:30 am, astronomy enthusiasts and beginners are invited to observe the starry sky with a telescope from the amphitheater of the Air and Space Museum in Le Bourget. Many free activities are offered, with virtual reality, games, theatrical and musical roaming. It is also planned to observe the sky with or without a telescope.
  • From August 6 at 10 pm until August 7 at 12:30 am, curious people can view the sky with a telescope and maps in the large Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine park, located at 8-10 rue de la Clef des champs. Admission is free, but registration is required. This animation is organized by the Atlas Center for Scientific Culture.
  • From August 7 at 9 pm until August 8 at 1 am, AFA professionals invite you to Place Louise Michel in the 18th arrondissement of Paris for stargazing. Meeting point is on the lower balcony, under the panorama. This observation evening is free and open to all.

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 August 6 at 2 pm until August 7 at 6 pm, the Administrative Sciences Forum Planetarium opens its doors for free with two Planetarium sessions in the program 3 pm and 4:30 pm
  • On August 6, two 9-year-old planetarium sessions are presented, describing the summer’s starry night sky. Opening hours: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Duration: 45 minutes.

From August 6 at 5 p.m. until August 7 at 1 a.m., the Lyon Amber Astronomy Club (CALA) offers to come and spend meditative and educational evenings under the Heavenly Cellar at François Mitterrand Parc, 20 Rue Robert Desnos in Volks-en-Villemme. in the program : Workshops, animation and observation of the sun from five in the evening until eight in the evening Then conferences on the subject of astronomy and observing the sky with telescopes from 8 pm to midnight. Cancellation is possible depending on weather conditions!

On August 6, from 9 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., gather 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.

Rennes’ closest event with the Cassiopée Astronomie Bruz Chavagne Society, which presents Night of Stars on August 6 in Bruz, is on the Vert Buisson Plain. In the program, he observed stars with the naked eye, as well as observed nebulae and star clusters using telescopes. The event is free and open to all.

Events planned around Bordeaux at the Nuit des Étoiles on Saturday 6 August and Sunday August 6 have been cancelled. In fact, gatherings in the Bourguela Forest and in Martinas-sur-Gallee were planned, but canceled due to the risk of fire in the Gironde.

The closest city to Nice that participates in this event is Villeneuve Loubet, near Cagnes-sur-Mer. In partnership with the SPICA Astronomy Club, on Saturday 6 August, from 4 pm, an exhibition of photos taken by club members, various activities about the solar system and the sundial, a conference by Benoît Carry on “asteroids and meteorites” and sky observation from 10 pm until 10 1 am.

A moment to live during the school holidays! Night of the Shooting Stars had a unique title when it was created in 1991 since the event only lasted for one day. But it became the plural: “starry nights”, because the event spanned three consecutive nights of observation from the 2000 edition. Observation in France, makes it possible to observe Jupiter, Mars and Saturn as in addition to the barrage of falling stars from Perseids. These stars come from the constellation Perseus. It is located below a constellation called Cassiopeia, in the shape of a W.

To improve your chances of seeing the stars, it is best to stay 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 thing. Especially if you have binoculars or a telescope.

The starry nights have happened over the course of three days, From Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August 2022. Since 1991, the Nuit des étoiles has been organized in France and in many European countries by associations, in particularFrench Association of Astronomy. It was astrophysicists or famous scientists, such as Hubert Reeves or Alain Cirou, in conjunction with France 2, who launched the event.

Every year, the Earth passes through the Persians. It is a meteorite formed from the debris of an ancient planet: the Swift Tuttle. Their mass ranges from a pinhead to a pea head! Coming into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere, these tiny rocks present a fascinating natural spectacle: shooting stars. The Perseid meteor shower will occur on the night of Friday 12 August to Saturday 13 August 2022.

The Perseid meteor shower It takes place this year Friday night August 12 to Saturday August 13 2022. During this extraordinary night, hundreds of falling stars will appear after 10 p.m. at sunset. If this is the peak of activity, then shooting stars will be observed by numbers in the sky until August 25, 2022.

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