Route astronomical observatories of Catalonia
To look at the sky has never been boring, there is not a single day that we find the clouds in the same position, we observe clearly all the stars or the moon shines equally. In Catalonia we like to look at the sky, and not only at the meteorological level, but also, to glimpse the Universe that is beyond the clouds, and about which we still do not know so many things!
Since time immemorial, human beings have felt the need to look at the sky and answer the questions that were asked. Astronomy, the science that for millennia has been studying the universe and celestial bodies or stars, is born with this intention. From this point arose astronomical observatories, created by research, training and dissemination in the astronomical field.
In Catalonia we find a wide range of astronomical observatories scattered throughout the territory, some of them located in places that enjoy exceptional conditions of astronomical observation, or what is the same, areas accredited with the Starlight seal, endorsed by UNESCO and which measures, among other parameters, the transparency of the sky, its luminosity and the so-called "seeing", that is, the distorting effect of the atmosphere on the images of objects.
The Pyrenees, the Montsec mountains, the Gavarres and the Alt Empordà are some of the areas that enjoy this esteemed accreditation. Therefore, there are areas where there are forces astronomical observation points, which also add regions such as Berguedà, Bages or Osona. If what you are looking for is a tailor-made plan, you can always choose a point on the map considered as an astronomical observation point, arrive with the car and let yourself be seduced by the sky. In these cases it is very important to first look at the weather situation and take warm clothes so as not to be cold during the observation.
Then we will tour the country looking for the most impressive astronomical observatories to know how the night is through the most powerful telescopes, and enjoy activities and workshops designed to learn with the whole family.
Montsec Astronomical Park
The Serra del Montsec, located in the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees, has been recognized for many years as one of the places that show exceptional astronomical observation conditions due to both its meteorological conditions and the low impact of light pollution. You can enjoy the Eye of Montsec 3D, a 3D digital multimedia planetarium with a mobile dome 12 meters in diameter that will leave you with your mouth open. You will also find the telescope park, where you will observe the most outstanding objects of the night: the Moon, the planets, the nebulas...
The Pujalt Observatory, managed by the Ernest Guille and Moliné Foundation, has the main support of the Pujalt City Council. The main objectives of the Observatory are to disseminate and teach science and carry out scientific research. This is carried out by conducting courses on meteorology and astronomy for schools and adults, astronomical observations for the general public with complementary explanations of astronomy, talks around science and also around energy.
Observatory of Garraf
The team of the Garraf Astronomical Observatory offers a series of Astronomy activities throughout the year that are accessible to all audiences. For many, they represent the first contact with the practice of astronomical observation. In a fun and didactic way, we will learn to observe the sky, interpret its basic movements and identify the stars. We will solve doubts, asking about those questions that have always intrigued us: know how to orient ourselves in the sky, distinguish the stars from the planets,
The dissemination sessions are helped by a modern Digitarium digital planetarium, a simulation tool that will allow us to travel the sky from ancient times to the future, from the Garraf's horizons to those of any other place on Earth!
Albanyà Astronomical Observatory
The Albanyà Observatory is fully automated and has state-of-the-art astronomical equipment, including the largest telescope in the province of Girona. Its advanced facilities allow from the dissemination of astronomy, for the uninitiated public, to scientific research, for professional astronomers.
One of the most exclusive activities of the observatory is the nocturnal astronomical baptisms, a unique sensory experience. It is an audiovisual tour through the sky adapting the content of the astronomical baptism to the meteorological circumstances of the moment and, at the time of the year in which we find that the experience is entirely enriching.
The Astronomical Observatory Las Gavarres
Located on the top floor of the Sanctuary of the Angels of Girona, this space was born with the intention of bringing the world of astronomy and astronomical observation to anyone who is curious to learn about this wonderful science. We find the inflatable planetarium a didactic resource that helps us to bring Astronomy closer to the little ones, but also to those who are not.
Castelltallat Astronomical Observatory
Located in an unpopulated area between Bages and Solsonès, the location of the Observatory, a little less than 1000 meters high and far from any urban center, makes it a privileged place for observing the sky. You can explore the Universe as a family, in the company of friends, with your partner, or alone.
Observatorio Astronómico Mundo Natura Pirineos
Located in the beautiful landscape of the valleys of Àneu, in the Pallars Sobirà, MónNatura Pirineos is a center that has unique facilities in the Pyrenees that allow the visitor to make life in the high mountains and discover its attractions, including its sky. From the astronomical observatory you can take a look at the Cosmos of an exceptional singularity thanks to the absence of light and atmospheric pollution.