The Moon as you have never seen it before: observe it from a professional telescope

The Calar Alto Observatory offers, through the company Azimuth, the opportunity to observe the Moon from a 1.23m research telescope on April the 8th

With the intention to get science closer to the public, particularly the astronomy and astrophysics research carried out from this research centre, the Calar Alto Observatory offers the unique opportunity to observe from the 1.23m research telescope a spectacular astronomical object: the Moon

This activity will take place on April the 8th from 19:30 with a capacity of 60 people who can book a place here, where all the information about the event is available.


The activity will include a talk about the detection of meteoroids’ impacts on the Moon and minor bodies of the Solar System, and will be delivered by Nicolas Morales, a researcher of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía. Afterwards an activity of orientation and interpretation of the night sky will be carried out by the astronomers of Azimuth, followed by an astronomy observation using large size binoculars, ideal instruments to observe large portions of sky and extended astronomical objects.

This activity is framed within the regular program of visits to the Calar Alto Observatory which started on March 2016. From the beginning of this program more than three thousand people have had access to the complex, the largest within European continental land. The director of the observatory, Jesus Aceituno, tell us “The success of these activities shows the huge interest from the public about science and astronomy, and from Calar Alto we are proud to contribute to enlarge this interest”.

Azimuth, the company which manages the astronomy activities, is already organizing an exciting event to follow the Perseids meteor shower from the Observatory on following August.

The German-Spanish Calar Alto Observatory is located at Sierra de los Filabres, north of Almería (Andalucía, Spain). It is jointly operated by the Instituto Max Planck de Astronomía in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC) in Granada, Spain. Calar Alto has three telescopes with apertures of 1.23m, 2.2m and 3.5m. A 1.5m aperture telescope, also located at the mountain, is operated under control of the Observatorio de Madrid. 


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