Calar Alto (and the Moon!) at the European Researchers’ night 2017


October 6th, 2017

On September 29th, 2017, the European Researchers’ night was celebrated in 30 countries and over 300 cities. Calar Alto was present in downtown Almería (Junta de Andalucía's Govern Delegation) to share some of the recent scientific results inferred from observations made at the observatory.

The focus this year was on stellar evolution, with a couple of posters and a video showing how stars are born, live, and die, depending mostly on their mass. The public, after answering a short (but tricky!) questionnaire about stellar evolution could win a nice prize: a planisphere, especially designed for the event.

Also, as a “grande premiere”, an observation of the Moon was performed remotely from Almeria, by piloting the 1.23-m CAHA telescope fitted with a webcam over the impressive craters and “seas” of our satellite. The public was very impressed by this live view of the Moon with a professional telescope.