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Visit to Aarhus Observatory

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Ole_Roemer_observatoriet_aarhusEvery day there is place for new discoveries and surprises.“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”Albert Einstein

Recently I received such life surprise, when I visited Danish observatory.

It is called Ole Rømer-Observatory (by Danish astronomer Ole Christensen Rømer).

Observatory was built in 1911 and now is used mostly for public astronomy presentations.

To be able to see observatory you need to call them and book place in advance.

This time there were 6 of us and despite presentation was in Danish, but I was able to discover so many things about astronomy!Galaxy-background

First we watch starts in telescope, our guide showed us some galaxies and Taurus constellation (it was amazing to stand on top with the moving roof and telescope that tried to find double starts for us).

Unfortunately very soon it became cloudy, so we went downstairs to see some slides.

Total presentation took 2 hours and also our guide (who is volunteer and studies at astronomy department at Aarhus University) answered some questions and told basic information about space.

Of course there was a question about other life in space. Our guide told that without water it is difficult to imagine that there is life, but if there is a planet with the same conditions that Earth has, then the planet must be situated million of light years away.

Our-Solar-System-Montage1Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering” Arthur C. Clarke.

I think such events really make people curious about things that don’t present in our normal life.

But it got me very inspired, and after several days I still search for videos about galaxies, black holes, about our Solar System, Milky Way. The most interesting was about sizes of planets. And I liked the most the idea – “We are not the centre of the Universe”.

I hope we start to appreciate our planet more and be very careful with it.

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