Houses of the stars


Sometimes, to rediscover the miracle of existence, one only has to lift one's head and observe the sky: far away from the light pollution of the big cities, it is possible to observe the greatness of the cosmos quite well. However, if you want to do it properly, you really need to visit an astronomical observatory. These buildings of the stars are located in prime locations with atmospheric stability and unpolluted skies, and possess telescopes that are so powerful that, when opened, a fabulous spectacle unfolds before your eyes. In the regions of Barcelona, there are several of these places, where you can contemplate the stars. Come and discover them! 

In Paisatges Barcelona, ​​your trip to the stars can start in the Pujalt Observatory – an astronomy research and teaching centre located at an altitude of 750 metres. Open to the general public, it offers workshops to help visitors understand and discover the heavens and the different constellations that can be observed through a telescope, with the naked eye and with binoculars.

Very close to the Mountain of Salt, you will find another of these astronomical temples: the Castelltallat Observatory. Located at an altitude of 910 metres and in the middle of a beautiful natural setting, its 400 mm-diameter telescope will enable you to see double stars, planetary rings, open and globular clusters, nebulae and galaxies, and obtain lunar details of one kilometre.

And in Costa Barcelona, ​​the Tiana Observatory is another perfect place to bridge the gap between what you know about the earth and your knowledge of the sky. Located in Serralada de Marina Park, it will be easy for you to attend the astronomical initiation workshops that are organised there, and you will be able to learn how to orientate yourself a little better in this universe that is so complex.

How about ending this stellar adventure at the Garraf Observatory? Located very near Olivella, in the middle of Garraf Park, the sky shines so brightly that it seems as if you could touch it with your fingers. In fact, it is considered to be one of the best observatories to admire the sky in the regions of Barcelona. It organises activities in its calendar on a regular basis, including observations, lectures and workshops for the general public.

 

  • If you cannot stop looking at the sky, go to Sabadell Observatory. At this astronomical centre, they have spent over twenty years investigating and divulging the secrets of astronomy.


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