The “Nuits des ´etoiles” events (1991–2008) and their impact on the French astronomical leisure landscape

Vergnas, Olivier L. and Piednoel, Eric (2011) The “Nuits des ´etoiles” events (1991–2008) and their impact on the French astronomical leisure landscape. In: The Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture. Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 260, 2009. International Astronomical Union, pp. 725-732.


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The popular event Nuits des ´etoiles has become in France the summer encounter with the sky. More than 400 events are set up for three consecutive days each year: several thousands of voluntary organisers invite more and more people to observe the heavens and discover astronomy. Each summer, those collective star parties reach about one hundred thousand people, several millions of sky maps are printed and distributed by newspapers and the associated TV live program broadcast by France 2 channel interested 1 to 3 millions spectators. Since 1991, Nuits des ´etoiles has helped to develop organisations at the local level and increased the stakeholders’ interest in general public awareness. It contributed in France to strengthen and professionalise an astronomical leisure offer.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 09:18
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26

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