Latest News from the Universe

16 May 2011 - 3.00 pm



Prof. Nino Zanghì

(Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Genova, Italy)

The Astronomical Observatory of Turin (OATo) is organizing a series of distinguished lectures,   “Latest news from the Universe”,  inspired by  current astrophysical topics of strong impact.

 These lectures are intended for the OATo Staff, for all the scientific and academic community present in the area of Turin and will be held at the meeting hall of the new Planetarium,  close to OATo, once a month, on Monday.

The cycle of these meetings usually starts in autumn and finish at the end of the spring, in collaboration with Infini.To for the logistics.  

It was inaugurated  during the International Year of  Astronomy in 2009 to celebrate the four hundred yearsss after  the  publication of the "Siderus Nuncius" (1610).

For the above reasons our sponsor image are the Pleiades. The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, is a conspicuous object in the night sky with a key role in ancient life. As the Pleiades are primarily winter stars in the Northern Hemisphere, they feature prominently in the ancient agricultural calendar and marked the start and end of the summer sailing season in ancient Greece. According to the mythology, the Pleiades were daughters of Atlantis and mothers of gods, often used as symbols of life and renewal.  The Pleiades lie between 400-440 light years away from Earth: their star light reaching us today was emitted between the birth of Galileo Galilei (1564) and the publication of his "Siderus Nuncius" (1610).  For more information, visit the following websites:


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