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Celebrating the Summer Solstice in Gorga
Jun 23 - Jun 24
Come and wait for the sun to rise in Gorga! Two days of festivities full of activities, music shows and local food tastings to celebrate together this wonderful event.
Do not miss the chance to visit the famous astronomical observatory!
Astronomical Observatory of Gorga:
The role of the observatory is primarily for edutainment of students and enjoyment of tourists. But remember that viewing the skies through a telescope needs the darkest possible surroundings, so commencement before ‘pitch black’ is a waste of time.
These visits are hosted by a group of retired professional and amateur astronomers with excellence in the night sky and observation of it, both by optical telescopes and radio-astronomy.
Our first lab visit was to the radio-astronomy laboratory, that works in conjunction with another in Dijon, and is permanently recording ‘hits’ of the radar signal on bodies in the asteroid belt, with large bodies giving a ‘ping’ record of their size (say 10 metres). The equipment also records the passage of the space station with an extended series of pings.
For the fortunate professional or amateur photographer, a session of astrophotography can be arranged to record a unique view of the heavens above Gorga.
The experience is humbling as we are reminded of the impermanence of everything, but also exalting as we thrill to the glory of the universe, and joyful in appreciation of the enthusiasm and excellence of our hosts.