Galilean Nights Munich 22.-24. 10. 2009

Jean-Luc Dighaye
Picture credits: J. Marot-Lassauzaie, G. Tomezzoli.

The IYA2009 "Galilean Nights" Cornerstone project was a big success in Munich, even though the weather was cloudy most of the time. Here some events organised by or with EurAstro in the October 22-24 interval:

EurAstro Skybar 22. 10.

Rain outside, fun inside!

See the
blog of Lee Pullen (Cosmic Diary reporter extraordinaire).

Ms Catherine Moloney, Galilean Nights Chair, was eventually crowned as Miss EurAstro 2010. She got an official invitation to the EurAstro 2011/Nepal mission. Maybe we also need a reporter there?

It takes good glasses to make good refractors!

Software demo - tous sur orbite!

Pedro Russo brings educational stuff galore.

Galileoscope contest - "and the winner is..."

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum...

...habemus "Missam"! Glory to Cat!

EurAstro Olympiapark 23. 10

It was a flop... Low clouds, then rain.
The venue, between the Olympic Tower and the lake, would make an excellent place for sidewalk astronomy events in view of the high number of passersby, even by cold weather.

Three stars, Wild Duck cluster, and Swan - really?

Garching (Baader Planetarium, ESO et al.) 24. 10

A lot of science fans including EurAstro members visited the numerous exhibitions of the Open Day in the Garching campus. IYA2009 celebrities were interviewed next to the Baader dome and telescopes.

We discussed with ESO's AGAPE group waiting for the Sun. Miracle - clearings came!

Check also the blogs about the Open Doors at Garching and Science in Garching.

EurAstro POR 24. 10

I had some phone calls from EurAstro members saying that they would come, but people were rushing to their own Galilean Nights events in the hope that the clearings would last till the evening - and the Garching events were captivating.

From POR, the Moon behind thin clouds was nice to see with the binoviewer; so was Jupiter

...then -coup de théâtre!- Cat & Lee came by to take their first light images of Jupiter (complete with cloud bands and satellites) and even Neptune before fog formed. Galileo Galilei would have been proud of them!