Virelles: Stars in her eyes

Virelles: Stars in her eyes

The deep sky

Although only modest telescopes are available for these observation evenings, they can already reveal the sky far beyond the stars to the public. David Charlier therefore aimed his aim at M13, “which is also referred to as the Great Cluster of Hercules”. Like the other objects listed in the Messier catalogue, M13 is an astronomical object distinct from stars such as nebulae or galaxies visible from Earth. However, it itself contains more than 100,000 stars. Patrice Wuine invites you to discover important planets of our solar system: “We had the opportunity to observe Jupiter and Saturn, whose rings we could even recognize.” In the itinerary offered to the visitor, Philippe Morel proposed images that were taken with its EV-Scope, a device that allows images of the sky to be filmed and transmitted live to the screen: “This technology, which superimposes images every four minutes, makes it possible to observe objects such as the nebulae of ‘star formation’ the barbell’.

In an atmosphere conducive to tranquility and in the splendid setting of the Aquascope, the many visitors were able to discover the sky as they had never seen it, thanks to the experience and the pleasure of sharing CNABH.

The Nights of the Shooting Stars sounded a bit like the culmination of the exhibition proposed by Jean-Claude Dresse since last April and the inauguration of the Blaimont Viaduct sundial. We must hurry to discover this one: it will be dismantled after August 21st.

In addition to the two observation evenings, the lectures by Benoît Goffin on shooting stars and by Philippe Morel on the following day were a great success. Aurora Borealis hunter Philippe Morel illustrated his remarks with images he collected on a recent trip to northern Norway. In the afternoon, an activity delighted sundial lovers, in particular with the presentation of original works by John Gueulette, explained live by the artist.