We have taken the occasion of the 2003 Mars' opposition to carry out observations of the red planet with the 218 mm Merz refractor, built in the 1863-1865, recently restored, used by Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli to observe Mars from the opposition of August 1877 until that one of the 1883-'84. In the occasion we launched a 5 days initiative of dissemination of scientific culture addressed to students and public at large. We organized direct observations and adapted a webcam to the ancient instrument. The images were sent to Milanese Planetarium where about 300 people, every night, could participate to the manifestation. Moreover a big screen was arranged in the garden around the Planetarium in order to allow other people to participate. The projection of the images was part of a 2 hours program of short lectures on the historical and current aspects of Mars. This initiative was successful: but what about scientific culture? What kind of scientific information did the public perceive?
Third European Workshop on Exo-Astrobiology
- Pub Date:
- March 2004
- Mars: Observations