From Asiago to the stars
The educational activities of INAF - Observatory of Padua in Asiago are addressed to teachers, students and groups during the school year (from October to June), to tourists during summer time (from June to September) and in the Christmas week, or for special events.
In a dome transformed in a Multimedia Room and dedicated to education and outreach activities, we daily organize lectures for students, meetings for teachers, guided observations of the sky. Our aim is to explain to the audience the research work of telescopes and astronomers, in the past and at present. Then we analyse a particular astronomical topic (the solar system, stellar evolution, cosmology ...), according to the interests of the audience.
Guided observations of the sky - with binoculars and amatorial telescopes - follow lectures and meetings, if the weather is favourable. Nevertheless, as there is the possibility of bad weather, the educational aims of the meetings are privileged.
The Multimedia Room is housed in the southest dome of Pennar site. The dome was built in the 1960's to house the Schmidt 67/92 telescope. In 1999 such a dome was transformed into a Centre for education and outreach. It is equipped with: Celestron telescope C-11 (79 mm, focal lenght 2800 mm, f/10) and Vixen telescope (102 mm, focal lenght 1000 mm, f/10). The Multimedia Room is accessible to disabled persons.
During summer time, when there are not ice and snow on the road to Cima Ekar, it is possible to visit the 182 cm Copernico telescope (control room and telescope floor).