Eyes wide open

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26 November, 10:30 to 11:30, Hall Laboratory in association with Aurubis

Unable to bring stars to the laboratory, astronomers study them simply by watching them. Through the light that reaches us, we understand that in some way we are very much like the stars – we are born, we live, and we die. However, are they all the same? Are they of the same age, do they have the same companions, the same signature? These are some of the questions raised by astrophysics. Explore their possible answers with Portuguese astrophysicist Alexandre Aibéo as they force us to reflect on our place in the universe, which is a fundamental process for developing a critical spirit and an educated choice that are the basis of citizenship.

This event is in English.
Recording of the live event at the Sofia Science Festival, exclusively broadcast for the audience in Plovdiv.
In partnership with the Instituto Camões Sófia.

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Dr. Alexandre Aibéo has a degree in Astronomy, a Master’s degree in Fluid Mechanics, and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Porto. He teaches at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu. In 2010, he was the winner of the first edition of the FAMELAB – Portugal – Communicating Science competition. Since 1996, he has been dedicated to promoting scientific culture in talks, workshops, and short courses. He is the co-author of “Isto não é (Só) Matemática” – “This is not (just) Math” (Quidnovi, 2012), and author of “90% do caro leitor foi feito nas estrelas” – “90% of the dear reader was made in the stars” (Gradiva, 2016), both books on popular science.

Photo credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

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Дата / Date

26 November 2023

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Място / Venue

CPSBB, Hall Laboratory in association with Aurubis

Подходящо за / Suitable for

5-7 grade, 8-12 grade, families

Език / Language