All astronomy lovers will enjoy the very special second day of the 2 days post tour : a trip to the Pic du Midi Observatory, 2800m. high in the Pyrenees.
The Pic du Midi, built at the end of the XIXth century, is a famous site renowned for the clarity of its sky, and where images of the Moon were taken to help NASA in the choice of Apollo landing sites.
Nowadays, observations and measurements are carried by the staff of “Observatoire Midi-Pyrenées” in the fields of atmospheric measurements, solar activities (coronagraph and telescopes), and in astrophysics (1 and 2 m. diameter telescopes) especially solar magnetism and study of planet’s atmosphere. A special visit will be offered where scientists carrying out observations will present their instruments, their work, but also will share with us the little stories about life up there now, and in the past.
No need to hike or climb to reach Pic du Midi, a cable car will bring us to the Peak, also hosting a museum and… a newly opened Planetarium!