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European Researchers’ Night – Astronomy Night


Moletai, Vilnius
23 September 2005, 20.00-24.00
Organised by: the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy of Vilnius University, the Astronomical Observatory of Vilnius University, and the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

The Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vilnius are organising a ‘Night of Astronomy’, on 23 September 2005, to be held in two different locations:

Open-door Night at Moletai Astronomical Observatory

View of the domes of the Moletai Astronomical Observatory
Astronomy lovers are invited to the VU ITPA Moletai Astronomical Observatory on the night of 23 September. A special open-door night, to celebrate European Researchers’ Night, will give visitors a unique opportunity to observe the work of professional astronomers on the Observatory’s three telescopes, each equipped with modern stellar light detectors. The largest telescope in Northern Europe – which has a 1.65m diameter mirror– will also be available for viewing.

A special lecture and open debate session with leading Lithuanian astronomers, including Dr Gražina Tautvaišienė, Dr Antanas Bartkevičius and Dr Rimvydas Janulis, will introduce visitors to contemporary methods of astronomical investigation and the latest achievements of Lithuanian astronomers.

Astronomical Picnic at Vilnius University Observatory

165cm telescope of the Moletai Observatory
Visitors are invited to visit the Vilnius University Observatory in the centre of Vilnius (29 MK Ciurlionio st) where they will be able to observe the moon, planets, stellar clusters and galaxies through its 30cm telescope.

The Head of the Observatory, Dr Jokūbas Sūdžius, will give a lecture on the ‘Evolution of the Telescopes: from Galileo to Hubble and Beyond’ and present videos on European astronomy infrastructure projects (OWL, ALMA and others). The presentation will be followed by a discussion on recent astronomical discoveries, as well as a question and answer session.

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