Make the most of your evenings to visit the most beautiful spots for observing the night sky with your head in the stars!
Throughout the summer in Le Grand-Bornand, local resident Jean-Pierre Blanchi, a professor from the Univesity of Grenoble, organises star gazing nights. A fabulous and very informative astronomy session in the great outdoors with the help of maps. The ideal way to spend quality time with the family, learning about the stars, without going far from the village. And if this experience piques your scientific curiosity, check out the programme of science evenings. A series of conferences suitable for anyone aged 10 years and up, on subjects such as humans in space and latest news from planet Mars.
In the mountains above Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, leave planet Earth for a fabulous evening. You’ll explore deep into the infinity of space with Maxime Viguier, a professional astronomer with a passion. Look through your telescope and let him guide you across the solar system to observe the rings of Saturn and see the Moon as you’ve never seen it before. Suitable for both adults and children, these evening sessions are held every Thursday from mid-July to mid-August. An exceptional experience under the night sky!
Philippe Jacquot, qualified astronomer and astrophysician, organises evening sessions all summer long. In a small group of 12 people maximum, unveil the mysteries of our universe. With the naked eye or through a telescope, observe the different constellations, the Moon’s craters, the Milky Way and the nebulae…
These observation evenings take place on Semnoz and Parmelan. They offer a great opportunity to enjoy a meal and overnight stay at the Parmelan mountain refuge. And if that still isn’t long enough, you can prolong your experience with a night bivouacking under the stars!
Other special evenings are lined up for this summer.
On Friday 21 July, board the City Tour bus in Annecy for the Star Gazing Night at Montrottier Castle. An evening with the Tycho Brahé association to observe the stars with the help of various instruments.
And on Wednesday 23 August, go and meet Philippe Jacquot at Menthon Castle for a conference followed by discussions about the first commented images from the James Webb space telescope. Astrophysics enthusiasts do not want to miss this!
Monday 31 July, on a lovely summer’s evening, walk up to the mountain pastures to join us on the Beauregard plateau. We’ll meet near the Auberge des Matins Clairs where you enjoy an evening meal if you wish. Dusk is the perfect moment to admire the beautiful panoramic view over the Aravis mountain range and the Mont Blanc. An outstanding setting for a free screening of Mathieu Le Lay’s “Yukon, a white dream” . Under the night sky, you’ll be carried off to the Canadian Far North!