Nuit des Étoiles 2022 : c’est fini, les prochains événements

Nuit des Étoiles 2022 : c'est fini, les prochains événements


STAR NIGHTS. This Sunday, August 7, was the last Night of the Stars, after three days of entertainment. However, the month of August 2022 will be marked by other astronomical events that will closely follow.

[Mis à jour le 09 août 2022 à 10h17] The Night of the Stars 2022 is over! The last events organized by the French Astronomy Association (AFA) took place on the night of Sunday, August 7. The Night of the Stars always takes place at the beginning of August, a favorable period for celestial observation. If the Night of the Stars is over, the month of August 2022 will continue to attract astronomy lovers with the Perseid showers of shooting stars and an expected peak on the night of August 12-13, 2022, an event preceded by a Super Moon on Wednesday, August 10.

Enjoy! Thanks to the reduction in light pollution, the stars were more visible during the 2022 edition of the Night of the Stars. Olivier Las Vergnas, president of the AFA, welcomed this development: “We finally have encouraging things to say about the protection of the sky,” he said, according to comments reported by Release. Thus, according to a study published by the magazine, sky and space, between 2014 and 2021, the night situation has improved in France, regarding light pollution. Public lighting extinction policies have been implemented in several municipalities. Thanks to this decrease in light, many people were able to enjoy the Night of the Stars.

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 were scheduled for the Nuit des Étoiles in and around Paris, such as in Saint-Ouen or Le Bourget (see map):

  • From August 7 at 9:00 p.m. to August 8 at 1:00 a.m., AFA professionals gave him an appointment at Square Louise Michel in the 18th arrondissement of Paris to observe the stars. The meeting point is on the lower terrace, under the panorama. This viewing evening is free and open to all.

For Lille, it all happened in Villeneuve d’Ascq: at the Forum départemental des Sciences located at 1, Place de l’Hôtel de Ville. Here is the program. Still up north, Dunkirk also offers sky-watching activities.

  • 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 Sunday, August 7, from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Dunkerque astronomy club is organizing planetarium sessions, two lectures by Thomas Fauchez, a NASA researcher, at the Palace of the Universe and Sciences in Cappelle-la-Grande, sessions solar observation, listening to shooting stars, activities and an exhibition. Starting at 10 p.m., an observation evening will be held in the Crayhof park in Cappelle-la-Grande.

On August 7, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, at the Kerzouar Observatory, located in Saint-Renan, the public is invited to attend a conference, before observing the sky.

The events planned in Bordeaux for the Nuit des Étoiles have been canceled on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August. In fact, rallies were planned in the Bourgailh forest and in Martignas-sur-Jalle, but were canceled due to fire risk in Gironde.

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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