Nights of the stars 2022: where to go to observe the sky?

Throughout France, the French Astronomical Association is organizing its Star Nights, from August 5 to 7, 2022. Here’s how to find where events are organized near you.

With mild night temperatures, summer is the ideal season for astronomy. You don’t know anything about it and don’t dare to go solo? You have the opportunity to discover the sky in the company of volunteer astronomers, during the traditional Star Nights. In 2022, the French Association of Astronomy (AFA) organizes them August 5-7across the country.

Whether the events are organized with or without astronomical observation instruments, they are free and accessible to all audiences. Many places participate in the initiative, whether astronomy clubs, planetariums, tourist offices, town halls or associations.

To locate the event organized closest to your home or your vacation spot, you can use this AFA card. Simply fill in the fields above the map, indicating when you are available and your department. You can then sort among the 417 results.

Map of Star Nights events. // Source : AFA screenshot

What can we see in the sky during Starry Nights?

The choice to organize Star Nights in August is not insignificant: in addition to the fact that for many people it is a holiday period, this month of the year is often rich in astronomical observations. . The AFA thus announces that the crescent Moon will be present. Thanks to telescopes, the deeper sky will also be visible, “ of the Milky Way, from north to south, from Cassiopeia and Perseus, to Scorpio and Sagittarius [des constellations]towards the galactic center » — if you have opted for a place of observation sufficiently protected from light pollution.

Note that the Sun sets between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., during the Nights of the Stars, depending on your location in France. Nevertheless, you have to be patient: the AFA precise that you have to wait until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. to be in the dark, which allows for beautiful observations.

You can find all the indications of the phenomena to see on this page of the association. We learn that Saturn is the first planet that it is possible to admire during the Nights of the Stars and this as soon as night falls. It is followed by Jupiter, then Mars, and finally Venus. As for the famous Perseids, the swarm of shooting stars, it is necessary to wait until the Moon has set to attempt their observation.

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