STAR NIGHTS. Until this Sunday, August 7, it is the Night of the Stars. In Paris, Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux or Toulouse, find all the information to enjoy this magical night and gaze at the stars!
[Mis à jour le 06 août 2022 à 19h17] It’s right now! The 32nd Night of the Stars in France is an unmissable opportunity to observe the sky in search of shooting stars. Throughout France, events are organized by the French Astronomy Association (AFA). In the sky you will be able to observe shooting stars, and even Perseids, but other beautiful astronomical surprises await you as well. Thanks to a telescope or a telescope, it will be possible to observe the planet Jupiter, Saturn, but also 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 Night of the Stars. The AFA welcomes everyone free of charge in places conducive to observing the sky and the stars, that is, away from the lights. You can check out the schedule of events below or use the summary at the beginning of the article.
The theme proposed by the French Astronomy Association (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 Astronomy Association (AFA) welcomes everyone free of charge in places conducive to observing the sky and the stars, that is, away from the lights. Check the program near you on the official website of the French Astronomical Association or check below our selection of events that take place during the nights of the stars in the main cities of France:
Some events are scheduled for the Nuit des Étoiles in and around Paris, such as in Saint-Ouen or Le Bourget (see map):
- From August 6 at 6 p.m. to August 7 at 1:30 a.m., astronomers and neophytes are invited to observe the starry sky through a telescope from the runway of the Air and Space Museum of LeBourget. Various free activities are offered, with virtual reality, games and theatrical and musical wanderings. Observations of the sky are also planned, with or without a telescope.
- From August 6 at 10 p.m. to August 7 at 12:30 a.m., the curious can observe the sky with a telescope and maps in the large park of Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine, located at 8-10 rue de la Clef des champs . Admission is free, but registration is required. This animation is organized by the Atlas scientific culture center.
- From August 7 at 9 p.m. to August 8 at 1 a.m., AFA professionals invite you to Place Louise Michel in the 18th arrondissement of Paris for stargazing. The meeting point is on the lower terrace, under the panorama. This viewing 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 p.m. to August 7 at 6 p.m., the planetarium of the Departmental Forum of Sciences opens its doors for free with two planetarium sessions in the program at 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- On August 6, two planetarium sessions are offered from 9 years old, to describe the summer sky of the Nights of the Stars. Hours: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Duration: 45 minutes.
From August 6 at 5 p.m. to August 7 at 1 a.m., the Lyon Ampère Astronomy Club (CALA) offers to spend contemplative and instructive evenings under the celestial vault in the François Mitterrand Park, 20 Rue Robert Desnos in Vaulx- in-vellum. To the program: workshops, animations, observations of the sun from 5 pm to 8 pm, then lectures on the theme of astronomy and observation of the sky with telescopes from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Cancellation possible depending on weather conditions!
On August 6, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., meet 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.
The closest event to the city of Rennes takes place with the association Cassiopée Astronomie Bruz Chavagne, which offers a night of stars on August 6 in Bruz, on the Vert Buisson plain. On the programme, stargazing with the naked eye, but also nebulae and star clusters with telescopes. The event is free and open to all.
The events planned in Bordeaux for the Nuit des Étoiles have been canceled on Saturday 6 and Sunday in August. In fact, rallies were planned in the Bourgailh forest and in Martignas-sur-Jalle, but were canceled due to fire risk in Gironde.
The closest town to Nice taking part in the event is Villeneuve Loubet, near Cagnes-sur-Mer. In collaboration with the SPICA astronomy club, on Saturday August 6, starting at 4 p.m., an exhibition of photographs taken by members of the club, various activities on the solar system and the sundial, a lecture by Benoît Carry about “asteroids and meteorites” and a skywatch from 10 pm to 1 am
A moment to live during the school holidays! The Night of the Shooting Stars had a unique title when it was created in 1991 as the event lasted only one day. But it has become plural: “The Nights of the Stars”, because the event has been extended to three consecutive nights of observation since the 2000 edition. Observation in France, allows you to observe the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn as well as the Perseid meteor shower. These stars come from the Perseus constellation. They are located under the constellation called Cassiopeia, in the shape of a W.
To optimize your chances of seeing the stars, it’s best to stay away from sources of light pollution, such as street lights. The stars are observed from 10:00 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, the Nuit des étoiles has been organized in France and in several European countries by associations, in particular theFrench Astronomy Association. It was renowned astrophysicists or scientists, such as Hubert Reeves or Alain Cirou, in association with France 2, who launched the event.
Every year, the Earth goes through the Perseids. It is a meteor shower formed by the debris of an ancient planet: Swift Tuttle. Its mass ranges from the head of a pin to that of… a pea! When they come into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere, these small rocks offer a magnificent natural spectacle: shooting stars. The Perseid meteor shower will take place on the night of Friday, August 12 to Saturday, August 13, 2022.
the perseid meteor shower is celebrated this year on the night of Friday, August 12 to Saturday, August 13, 2022. During this exceptional night, a hundred shooting stars will be visible from 10 pm, at sunset. If this is the peak of activity, shooting stars will be visible in large numbers in the sky until August 25, 2022.
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