Tabakalera holds a gathering on citizen astronomy | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
03-08-2017 10:45

Tabakalera holds a gathering on citizen astronomy

The Hirikilabs Laboratory and the Aranzadi Society of Sciences have prepared a program which includes workshops for families, talks on astrophotography, and nighttime trips to observe the Perseids meteor shower.

Coinciding with the peak of the Perseids meteor shower, which will be on August 10 and 12, Tabakalera's Laboratory for Digital Culture and Technology (Hirikilabs) has organized a Gathering on Citizen Astronomy along with the help of the Aranzadi Society of Sciences. Over the days of the Gathering, activities will take place aimed at both amateur/hobby astronomers as well as the general public.

It was last year when Hirikilabs got into the field of astronomy – a field which has an ever-increasing number of followers.  How the laboratory first entered into the field is somewhat unconventional: it was through a workshop to learn how to follow objects through space with radio waves.  Participants of said workshop were able to not only observe the meteor shower through a telescope but also follow the journey that the Perseids made in the light of day – while likewise following the journey of other bodies, such as that of the International Space Station (ISS).

This year, Hirikilabs is continuing that initial experience by organizing a broader program of activities in the form of a Gathering on Citizen Astronomy. For the organization of said Gathering, Hirikilabs has the support of the Aranzadi Society of Sciences.  The events include a workshop for families in which a star clock will be built, a workshop to learn how to put together a Newtonian telescope, and a lecture/seminar on astrophotography. To top it all off, and to put everything learned into practice, all participants will have the chance to take part in nighttime trips to observe the Perseids meteor shower.

In order to accomplish all this, the Gathering on Citizen Astronomy will have the support of different individuals, amongst whom are the members of the Aranzadi Society of Sciences, Virginia García, Mikel Castander, Alberto Castrillo, Juan Carlos Martín, and Eduardo Zubia – as well as David Pello, an assistant at Hirikilabs and a member of the ASHAB Association (Asturias High Altitude Ballooning).

Participation in the workshops and lectures at the Gathering on Citizen Astronomy is free; however, prior registration is required via the tabakalera.eu website.