Public visits: Nightly observations

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.

The visits start punctually at the above mentioned times. In case of bad weather, if no visitors have turned up before 30 minutes after the beginning, the visit is cancelled.

Reservation and prior announcement are not necessary.

Observation of the night skies

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 skies 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 show in the planetarium or 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