Astronomers at the University of Amsterdam will be stationed along the waterfront by the EYE film museum with telescopes during SAIL Amsterdam 2015. They will offer visitors a unique view of the starry skies and maritime heritage that have been inextricably linked for centuries.
Visitors to SAIL Amsterdam can gaze at the night skies from Wednesday, 19 August until Saturday, 22 August. Situated on the 'witte oceaan’ (white ocean) event grounds located across from the Amsterdam Central Station, UvA astronomers will be standing along the quay in front of the EYE with telescopes, exclusively on nights when the skies are clear. Visitors will have a chance to look at, among other things, Saturn with its rings, the crescent moon and colourful binary stars.
Spectators will be introduced to the starry night skies at the small pop-up observatory during Sidewalk Astronomy SAIL Amsterdam 2015 (#SASA15). It is the first time that Amsterdam has given sidewalk astronomy a try. The initiative came from astronomer Franka Buurmeijer and planetary researcher Sebastiaan de Vet, who are both passionate about sharing astronomy with a wider public. During SAIL Amsterdam, the two will be supported by a group of Master’s and PhD students from the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy of the University of Amsterdam.