At the Fabra Observatory, summer nights come complete with gastronomy and science
Who said that Barcelona isn’t a good place for observing heavenly bodies? We’re sure you’ll think otherwise when you take part in one of the Dinners with stars at the Observatory, which are organised by the Fabra Observatory every summer. In fact, these events continue beyond the summer, and there are session scheduled until 9 October. The organisers recommend that you book a place well in time to guarantee that you can have this unique experience.
So, what’s it all about? Well, the evening couldn’t be more complete; first there’s an open air dinner, with astronomy-related dishes designed by chef Miquel Guimerà. Following dessert, there is a half-hour talk, with questions taken from the public, the theme of which changes every day. For example, on 3 September, guest speaker Antonio Bernal is scheduled to talk about the Aztecs and pre-Colombian astronomy, on 15 September you can hear Jordi Isern on the death of stars, while on 27 September Enric Herrero will present the incredible spectacles offered by the night sky. The talk is followed by a visit to the observatory museum, the early 20th century hall and the meridian telescope. Visitors will then enter the great dome to observe the sky through the observatory’s telescope which dates from 1904.
As is always the case with star-gazing, a lot depends on the absence of clouds and in cases of cloudy weather visitors can observe the night sky through screened images, accompanied by explanations.
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