Star-gazing Nights 2017 in Paris and Ile de France

Do you fancy star-gazing on July 28, 29 and 30, 2017, for star-gazing nights? For 3 days, the most beautiful observatories in France invite you to gaze at the stars all together. Each year, over 100,000 curious star-gazers come to look at the sky, even in Paris!

Star-gazing Nights are coming very soon! For three days, you will look at the sky with a fresh eye thanks to the CNES (French National Center for Space Studies), the AFA (French Astronomy Association) and the French National Center for Scientific Research. Some of the observation points are located in Ile de France, so take your chance!

This year again, a festival of shooting stars awaits us and we can even see the wonderful Andromeda Galaxy. Many hosts will be here to answer your questions: what is the difference between a comet and a shooting star? Where does the universe end? Star-gazing nights are open to all: couples, families, enthusiasts. Come from 9 p.m. at sunset and keep your eyes wide open.

In Paris and Ile de France, many places take part in Star-gazing Nights 2017, such as:

  • Paris (75)

    • Star-gazing Nights at the Montparnasse Tower:
      Star-gazing night is back from July 28 to July 30, 2017. To be in the front row and enjoy the show without being disturbed by the city’s light pollution, head to the top of the Montparnasse tower and its observatory at a height of over 200 m.

    • Star-gazing Nights at Paris Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie:
      On Friday July 28, 2017, Paris Cité des Sciences invites you to attend the star-gazing night on the Prairie du Cercle, a few meters from the Géode. All night long, you can look through a telescope to observe the sky and the stars and attend shows at the Planetarium.

  • Seine et Marne (77)

    • Star-gazing Nights in Trilport:
      On Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29, 2017, from 9:30 p.m. in Trilport, URANIE club awaits you in rue des Vignes with telescopes. This year, they plan to make us observe the constellation Lyra, the constellation Cygnus, the constellation Aquila and the constellation Hercules! 

    • Star-gazing Nights in Gretz Armainvilliers:
      Uranoscope de  l’Ile de France awaits us Allée Camille Flammarion on Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29 from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. for a night with the head full of stars. On the menu: distribution of sky maps created by the AFA, observations and discoveries of the summer sky with the help of numerous tools without forgetting the sky tales and legends! 

    • Star-gazing Nights in Ecuelles:
      The Section astronomie d’Ecuelles awaits us on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 9 p.m. to observe the sky from Ecuelles airdrome. For amateurs, the members of the aforementioned club will provided you the tools they own and those of the club to allow you to be introduced to astronomical observation.

    • Star-gazing Nights in Vaux le Pénil:
      Club d’Astronomie du Val de Seine gathers on the field of the dog education club (located at chemin des Prés Neufs) from Friday July 28 to Sunday July 30. Attend conferences, sky observation, introduction to astronomy and presentations of tools.

    • Star-gazing Nights in Buthiers:
      From July 28 to July 30, 2017, Planète Sciences awaits you at Centre d’Astronomie Jean-Marc Salomon (rue des Roches) for two nights of observation, child and adult workshops, conferences and friendly meetings.

    • Star-gazing Nights in Montois:
      The Astro Bassée Montois association awaits you on Friday July 28 from 10 p.m. at the former oil platform (Vieille Route de Donnemarie) for an incredible night observing constellations thanks to telescopes. 

  • Yvelines (78)

    • Star-gazing Nights in Plaisir:
      On Saturday July 28 at 9:30 p.m., come and observe the sky thanks to binoculars or on a big screen set in the Castle gardens in partnership with Association d’Astronomie Véga. 

    • Star-gazing Nights in Triel sur Seine:
      To discover the sky from the Parc aux Etoiles, on Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29, 2017 from 8:30 p.m., come and learn how to get your bearings in the dark and how to identify the main circumpolar constellations. Online registration is compulsory.  

  • Essonne (91)

    • Star-gazing Nights in Vayres:
      In Vayres, on Friday July 28 and Saturday 29 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., let’s gather together to observe the sky and a 3D model of the solar system!

    • Star-gazing Nights in Juvisy:
      Société Astronomique de France and Club d’Astronomie de Breuillet invite us to the Camille Flammarion observatory on Saturday July 29 form 9 p.m. to observe the summer sky!

    • Star-gazing Nights in Bretigny:
      Au Bout des Etoiles awaits us at the Bois Badeau park (located Avenue Claude Levi-Strauss) on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 3 p.m. to observe the sun and the night sky from 10 p.m. 

  • Hauts-de-Seine (92)

    • Star-gazing Nights in Montrouge:
      In Montrouge, the event will take place in the City Hall square on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Observe the planets and the stars through a telescope, attend conferences, eat in the City Hall square and watch a movie… 

  • Seine-Saint-Denis (93)

    • Star-gazing Nights in Bourget:
      From the tarmac, look up the sky on Saturday July 29 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. For the occasion, animations will be free of charge.

    • Star-gazing Nights in Saint-Ouen:
      In Saint-Ouen, discovery workshops and constellation observations await us from 9:30 p.m. on Saturday July 29 at the Grand Parc (rue de la Clef des Champs). 

  • Val de Marne (94)

    • Star-gazing Nights in Ivry :
      In Ivry, on Friday July 28, from 9 p.m., LE TELESCOPE astronomy club (avenue Georges Gosnat) introduces us to astronomy and sky observation from the terrace. 

  • Val d’Oise (95)

    • Star-gazing Nights in Beaumont-Sur-Oise:
      On Saturday July 29, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., at Maison des Associations Jacques Laridan in Beaumont, let’s observe the sun and the stars thanks to a giant model of the ARIANE 5 rocket to be launched at 3 p.m. 

    • Star-gazing Nights in La Roche Guyon:
      On Saturday July 29, 2017 from 9:30 p.m. within the castle of La Roche Guyon, let’s observe the sky. On Saturday and Sunday, during the day, children can learn a lot about astronomy thanks to games, about solar observation and attend planetarium sessions.

For this 27th edition, Star-gazing Nights are highlighting a theme related to habitable planets. Thousands of volunteers, amateur astronomers throughout France, Belgium, Switzerland and Morocco organize events to make you discover the celestial dome.

Here is an occasion to be blown away. So, have wonderful Star-gazing Nights!

Practical information:
Star-gazing Nights 2017 in Ile de France (website in French)
July 28-30, 2017

Elodie D.
Last updated on 26 July 2017

Practical information

Opening Time
From 28 July 2017 to 30 July 2017


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