Calar Alto Observatory opens its doors to visitors from around the world the next 20 and 21 May, with the celebration of the third Conference of astro, driven by the Friends of the Calar Alto and have the support of the Provincial de Almería.
Days of astro born from the hand of the Friends of Calar Alto in order to bring society the scientific work of the research center, and they included in cultural actions carried out by the organization. The conference is limited to a 150 people, to facilitate observation from the largest telescope in continental Europe and require prior registration.
Activities will begin on 20 May, to 17,00 hours, with a guided visit to the Calar Alto Observatory in charge of 'Azimuth Education and Scientific Tourism', and will continue with a show of music and theater at the heliport of the astronomical activity center and an observation tour, in which it intervenes the Orion Association. The 21 May, Participants in the conference will visit the Interpretation Center Gérgal, where “scoop”, will pass the planet …
Secretary of the Association of Friends of Calar Alto, Javier Barbero, He stressed that this year has launched the astrophotography contest and Time-Lapse 'Calar Alto’ “with a big impact”, They have already received 44 jobs in Spain. the contest, that future editions aims to become international, It has been divided into three modes: deep sky, planets and time lapse.
Prizes were awarded to César Blanco, of Lion, in the variant of deep sky; Alfredo Madrigal, Coruna, one hour lapse; and Alfredo Vidal, Sabadell, in photography of planets. Deputy director of the Calar Alto Observatory, Jesus Aceituno, stressed “the high quality of the papers presented” and he explained that the winners will be rewarded with a three-day stay at the observatory and the ability to use the telescope 1,23 meters, the largest in Continental Europe.
The papers presented are collected in an exhibition that can be visited in Gérgal and then to the municipalities of the province of Almeria who wish to have her be offered.