.:Bucharest Science Festival 2019. Discover the Earth and the Universe!:.
On the 27th of September 2019, the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy will host Bucharest Science Festival, an important event for the promotion of science and technology among the general public, starting with the very young friends of science to the senior ones. The event is organized in partnership with the French Institute in Romania and with Bucharest Astroclub. Being held in the scientific park of the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy, the main component of this event will be astronomy and its important role in shaping our understanding of the Universe and as a major source of scientific information and technology for some of today's most common modern life appliances.
The event will be open to the general public in the evening (18.00 - 22.00) and will include visits of the Meridian Hall, a former astronomical research facility now an astronomy museum and of the Equatorial Dome with its impressive 6 meters long refractory telescope, the largest of its kind in Romania. The guided tours will take the visitors through over a century of Romanian scientific research and achievements, the history, the instruments and the people, who were some of the most important scholars of our country. The historical component will cover even more than the astronomical and scientific endeavor as one of the places which will be presented to the public during the guided tours, the Bosianu House, played a historical role in the creation of modern Romania. The public will then get the chance to walk on the footsteps of prince Alexander John Cuza and of Constantin Bosianu, his close advisor, and remember the glorious moment of the 1859 Unification between Walachia and Moldova and the formation of Romania.
During the second part of the program, the participants to Bucharest Science Festival will be invited inside the Planetarium Hall where several scientific presentations will take place, including a live transmission with Pic du Midy Observatory in France.
In the lobby of the Planetarium Hall, an photo exhibition about some of the most intriguing parts of the Universe, the black holes, will be presented to our visitors. In the same area, the astronomers of Bucharest Astroclub will organize demonstrations on how they use their astronomical instruments such as the telescopes, they will present their parts and the essential adjustments and settings necessary to be done in order to use them, the filters, mounts and other accessories as well as astronomy software available for anyone wishing to learn and discover more. The perspective of observing objects of the Universe will be associated during the Bucharest Science Festival with an activity focused on studying the details of some of such objects, as the public will have the possibility to watch through an optical microscope some interesting meteorite fragments including the Chelyabinsk one (Russia) and few others gathered in Africa.
The evening of Bucharest Science Festival at the Astronomical Institute of Romanian Academy will end with one of the most waited moments that is the night sky observations, if the weather will allow this interesting activity. We will observe the Moon, Solar System planets, stars and, if possible, other celestial attractions.
Hosted by the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy