Children using the telescope at the observatory.

Presentation in clear weather

We begin the evening in the observatory’s meeting room, where the person making the presentation gives you a short introduction to astronomy and the history of the observatory.

When the weather is clear, we spend most of the time looking through the observatory’s two modern 11-inch telescopes in the large dome. We may go outside to see some of the constellations or to look for a planet if it is so low that it cannot be seen through the telescopes. Remember to wear warm clothing and footwear.

The lunar landscape is a fascinating sight when seen through the telescopes. The planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are impressive. We might also be able to see a double star, which is two or more stars orbiting each other. Their different colours are normally clearly distinguished.

The Andromeda Galaxy is the most distant object in the universe that can be seen with the naked eye. Even though it does not look particularly impressive through the telescope, you are actually looking at a collection of a couple of hundred billion stars. And the light coming from the galaxy has been on its way for 2.5 million years.

Presentation in overcast weather

If the sky is cloudy, the chances of taking a look through the observatory’s modern 11-inch telescopes are not good.

The person making the presentation will talk about the history of the observatory, show you around the premises, and tell you about both ancient and modern astronomy.

We show attractive images from sources such as the Hubble Space Telescope and we discuss solar and lunar eclipses, comets, meteors and meteorites, life on Mars and other places, UFOs, journeys in space and time, the birth, life and death of a star, supernova explosions or black holes. The topics are endless, and we are happy to answer any questions.