An exploration of Belgium’s first observatory

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15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

An exploration of Belgium’s first observatory

Discover the site of Belgium’s first astronomical and meteorological observatory, now open to the public for the first time, via a guided tour that will retrace both the building’s history and the life and work of its founder, the scientist Adolphe Quetelet.
In addition to the meteorological observations of the earth’s magnetic field and shooting stars carried out from 1832, the observatory was also a venue for the country’s elite and foreign scientists to come together and discuss science, literature and the fine arts. Discover the site, now open to the public for the first time, via a guided tour that will retrace both the history of the observatory and the life and work of Adolphe Quetelet. Come and learn about the prime meridian of Belgium and the instruments of observation used at the time, and soak up the atmosphere of one of the gatherings that Mr and Mrs Quetelet used to host at the observatory. For younger people, there will be simple observation games to enable them to recognise the stars and constellations more easily. Other activities on the agenda are building a light rocket or colouring.
Homegrade, the current occupier of the premises, will open its help desk throughout the weekend to publicise its housing-related support and advice activities.

A partnership between Homegrade (created by the merger of Centre Urbain and the Maison de l’Énergie), Académie Intercommunale de Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Schaerbeek and the Royal Observatory of Belgium.

Practical information

    • Homegrade
    • Place Quetelet/Queteletplein 7
    • 1210 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 10h00 to 18h00 Poetic and musical entertainment “The Salons of the Observatory”, by the Académie Intercommunale de Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Schaerbeek, Sat. & Sun. at 15h00)
    • M
      Botanique/Madou/Kruidtuin/Madou
    • T
      Botanique/Kruidtuin
    • B
      Quételet