Public visits: Nightly observations

Public visits are possible again!

Booking is mandatory, the week before the event. The number of visitors is limited to 15 and to a maximum of 5 persons (including children) per booking, and the wearing of a protective mask is mandatory except for children of primary school age.

  • Next nightly observation: friday night 6 Aug 2021. There is no more seat available.
    You can register on the waiting list (Reservations already on the waiting list: 14).
  • Next observation of the Sun: sunday morning 5 Sep 2021. Remaining seats: 8.
    Book your visit for 5 Sep 2021!

The registered visitors are expected to be there at the start of the visit; the Observatory doors will be closed once the visit has begun

The requirements listed in our precautionary measures apply.

The Observatory of Épendes is open free to the public every Friday evening in all weathers. The opening hours are as follow:

  • from November to March: 19.00–21.00,
  • in April and from September to October: 21.00–23.00,
  • from May to August: 22.00–24.00.

Observation of the night sky

Commented observations with telescopes during about 2 hours. You will learn how to identify constellations. Observation of the Moon and different planets, depending on their visibility. When good atmospheric conditions and very clear sky prevail, observation of nebulae, galaxies and star clusters will also be possible. You can read more about the stars of the actual sky here.

In bad weather or bad visibility, a conference will be proposed. The observatory is open in all weathers. Don't forget to dress warmly!

Film of an evening of observation

Download a high resolution version of the film