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Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
22 September

Europe gets better acquainted with the stars in search of New Worlds

What science is developed behind these walls? Who are the men and women that work in this institute? How do they work?

These are just some of the many questions we ask when we pass by a Research Unit or Science Institute. So that theses questions get answered the European Commission has launched a challenge to all European Research Institutes - Researchers Night 2006. The specific objectives of the this initiative is to give the public, and in particular the young people, the opportunity to meet researchers in occasion of festive, "out of the ordinary" activities.

Many cities across the 25 Member States are planning to host activities on European Researchers' Night, which will take place on Friday, 22 September 2006. At the Center for Astrophysics of the University of Porto (CAUP) you will have the opportunity to get to know the CoRoT space telescope. CoRoT has two major scientific objectives: search for estrasolar planets and the study and stellar seismology. The mission launch is schedule for October 2006.

Activities Program

All day Exhibit at Porto Planetarium Meet the CoRoT
includes a 1:2 scale model of the CoRoT satellite
10:00 "Stellar Seismology" - Workshop given by Mário João Monteiro
(registration is required)
14:00 Meet the CoRoT - Public lecture and open discussion
with the presence of CNESs scientist Caroline Barban
(presentation will be made in english)
16:00 "Search for Extrasolar planets" - Public talk given by Nanda Kumar
(registration is required; presentation will be made in english)
21:30 "CoRoT" - Public talk given by Filipe Pires
22:30 "Closer to the Stars" - Public telescope observation session

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Special activity pogram for children under 10

"More planets,New Worlds!"
Picture how extrasolar planets are, and you can win a telescope!
Are they rocky? Are they habitable? Are they colourful? Draw a picture (size A4) and send it to CAUP. The best ones will be awarded prizes. We are giving away a telescope and several books.

The drawings should be sent to CAUP by September 22nd:
Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Rua das Estrelas s/n 4150-762 Porto

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