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Towards infinity and...Loiano

At nightfall, Loiano's sky turns an intense, deep blue, made of mysteries and primordial light. An infinite sea in which to swim and get lost in the darkness of the Apennine evening ... perhaps with the help of a space telescope!

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Thestarsin a park

Would you have ever thought that right here in Loiano there is one of the best observation points of the entire region?
Just 1 km from the town, on the quiet and peaceful summit of Monte Orzale, is the Loiano Astronomical Park managed by INAF - Bologna Observatory of Astrophysics and Space Science. Two hectares of meadow where you can immerse yourself in the enchanting world of stars, planets and galaxies and fill your eyes and heart with mystery and wonder.
It all began in 1936, when the astronomers of Bologna inaugurated the new Observation Station of the homonymous University here, 37 km away from the light pollution of the city. More recently, in 2015, thanks to the Emilia-Romagna Region, the Municipality of Loiano and the Union of Municipalities Savena Idice, the dome of the Planetarium was then built, in which to comfortably begin the infinite journey between the constellations and galaxies of the cosmos and fly over the planets of the solar system, nebulae, black holes and much more. In the classroom, however, it will be possible to effectively understand the dimensions of our Solar System and the distances at which the different planets are located from the Sun.

not one, but two telescopes!

If as a child you dreamed of becoming astronauts, if you wait for the night of August 10 not to make a wish, but to ask yourself questions about the origin of shooting stars, then you have found the place for you. Here, in fact, you will not find just one telescope, but two!

  • The Observation Station houses the 60 cm Zeiss Historical Telescope (1936), dedicated to dissemination and teaching.

  • In the Planetarium, on the other hand, there is the most powerful Cassini Telescope (1976) measuring 152 cm, second in Italy for size, named in honor of the famous astronomer Gian Domenico Cassini and used for research.

A calendar never seen before

Outside the Zeiss Historical Telescope it is possible to consult the “bizarre” Cosmic Calendar, based on the studies of Carl Sagan, in which every second of the calendar corresponds to about 444 Earth years and 31 of its days correspond to about a billion of its years!

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